-While a large part of the nation was on the mild side, arctic cold
and snow was found across the northern Plains and northern Rockies.
High temperatures were an incredible 20-30 degrees below normal for
early December, with many areas across Montana, North Dakota and
Wyoming not making it out of the single digits. Farther south, places
such as Denver, Colo., had temperatures plummet from the 50s at noon
to only 12 degrees at midnight last night. In northeastern Minnesota,
Duluth received over a foot of snow as enhancement from Lake Superior
kept heavy snow around much of the day. Areas from much of Texas into
the central and southern Plains and the Southeast had high
temperatures anywhere from 5-20 degrees above normal. San Antonio,
Texas, hit 86 degrees, which tied the record high temperature for the
date set back in 1942. In the Northeast, temperatures were near to
slightly above normal for this time of year, but considering the
recent streak of cold, it was a nice improvement as highs hit the 40s
and 50s. In the Southwest, a strong cold front moving through
California brought in some very chilly air in the afternoon.
Temperatures tumbled in the late-evening hours, setting the stage for
a widespread frost and freeze in the Central Valley and along the
Devastating Ice Storm Hits the Carolinas
-On this date in 2002, a devastating ice storm struck the Carolinas as
a slow-moving storm system moved through the region. This ice storm
led to hundreds of accidents as well as downed trees and power lines.
Ice accumulating up to 1 inch thick was reported in Raleigh,
Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Greenville. This amount of
ice was enough to cause widespread, long-lasting power outages.
Record Highs from Tuesday:
-Austin (Bergstrom Airport), Texas, set a record of 86 degrees,
breaking the record of 84 degrees set in 1954.
-San Antonio, Texas, tied the record of 86 degrees, originally set in
-Victoria, Texas, tied the record of 86 degrees, originally set in
-Borger, Texas, set a record of 75 degrees, breaking the record of 74
degrees set in 2001.
-Salina, Kan., set a record of 70 degrees, breaking the record of 69
degrees set in 2001.
Snowfall Records from Tuesday:
-Billings, Mont., had 3.4 inches of snow (through 4 p.m. MST),
breaking the record of 3.1 inches set in 1972.
-Pendleton, Ore., had 2.4 inches, breaking the record of 0.6 of an
inch set in 1971.
Some Storm Snowfall Totals as of 1 a.m. EST Wednesday:
-Two Harbors, MN: 26.0"
-Vernal, UT: 16.0"
-Duluth Heights, MN: 15.0"
-Canyon, MN: 13.5"
-Duluth, MN: 12.6"
-Yoder, WY: 12.0"
Some More Storm Snowfall Totals, as of 1 a.m. EST Wednesday:
Maeser, UT 10.0"
Ryan Park, WY 10.0"
Ashland, WI 9.0"
Cloquet, MN 8.7"
Murtaugh, ID 8.0"
Scottsbluff, NE 8.0"
Valentine, NE 8.0"
Grand Rapids, MN 7.8"
Port of Morgan, MT 7.0"
Golva, ND 7.0"
Laramie, WY 7.0"
Wittenberg, WI 6.5"
Chadron, NE 6.5"
Ainsworth, NE 6.0"
Hemingford, NE 6.0"
Craig, CO 6.0"
Silt, CO 6.0"
Rothschild, WI 5.7"
Colby, WI 5.1"
Rushville, NE 5.0"
Elgin, ND 5.0"
Alliance, NE 4.0"
Lena, WI 4.0"
Torrington, WY 4.0"
National High Yesterday 91 at Laredo, Texas
National Low Yesterday -8 at Mystic Lake, Montana
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