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Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, February 09, 2016An area of low pressure brought wintry weather the eastern third of the country on Tuesday, while temperatures remained above normal across the Southwest.

A broad area of low pressure moved slowly eastward over the Great Lakes. A frigid air mass accompanied this system, which supported light to moderate snow showers across a handful of states. Snow affected portions of the Midwest, the Tennessee Valley, the Southeast, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. Lake effect snow warnings were issued for northern Wisconsin, northwest Michigan, northeast Ohio, northwest Pennsylvania and southwest New York. Winter storm warnings were issued across western Michigan, eastern Michigan, southeast Ohio, West Virginia, southeast Pennsylvania and eastern Tennessee. Williamstown, W.V., reported a midday total of 7.0 inches of snow. Rothsville, Pa., also reported a midday total of 7.0 inches of snow. Temperatures dropped 10 to 20 degrees below normal over a handful of states as arctic air surged southeastward across the region. Duluth, Minn., recorded a morning low of 5 degrees with a wind chill factor of -12 degrees. Atlanta, Ga., recorded a morning low of 33 degrees with a wind chill factor of 23 degrees.

Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure shifted south southeastward over the northern Plains. A swath of light to moderate snow developed over western North Dakota and northwest South Dakota.

A dry weather pattern persisted west of the Continental Divide. A ridge of high pressure over the Great Basin and the Intermountain West brought above normal temperatures to the Southwest. Los Angeles, Calif., recorded a midday high of 75 degrees. Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 85 degrees.

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Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -11 degrees at Gunnison, Colo. to a midday high of 87 degrees at Camarillo, Calif.

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