Rain Strikes Oregon Coast; Light Snow Falls On Plains
Light snow and drizzle were scattered over the north-central part of the nation Friday, and locally heavy rain fell in parts of the Northwest.
A fast-moving weather system spread generally light freezing rain and snow across North Dakota during the morning and began pushing toward the east.
Snow showers and freezing drizzle spread across the northern Plains into the western Great Lakes region.
Snowfall amounts from North Dakota into Upper Michigan were likely to range only from a trace to about 3 inches in most locations.
Gusty wind and cold air accompanied the snow and drizzle. Friday’s low for the Lower 48 states was 13 below zero at Ely, Minn., and Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., chilled to a record low for the date of 4 below zero.
Rain fell throughout the northern Pacific Coast region during the morning.
Some of the heaviest rainfall was around Portland, which collected 1.4 inches in 24 hours. Along the Oregon coast, up to an inch fell around the towns of Newport and Astoria.
Snow was likely in the mountains of the Northwest down to elevations as low as 4,000 feet during the night and Saturday.
Between those two weather systems, wind gusting to more than 60 mph was common along the Front Range of the Rockies in Montana and in parts of central and southern Wyoming.
Cut Bank, Mont., reported a gust to 67 mph.
Elsewhere, showers and a few thunderstorms were scattered from the Florida Panhandle across Georgia and the Carolinas.
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