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Weather Underground midday recap for Monday, March 07, 2016

A cold frontal boundary stretched from the northern Plains to the Four Corners on Monday, while a trough of low pressure impacted the West Coast.

An area of low pressure moved across the northern Plains. A cold frontal boundary associated with this system stretched across the northern Plains, the central high Plains and the lower Intermountain West. This frontal boundary collided with a warm air mass over the Plains, which lead to the development of rain and thunderstorms over central and northeast Texas, as well as southeast Oklahoma. Temperatures rose 15 to 30 degrees above normal across a large portion of the Plains and the Mississippi Valley. Kansas City, Mo., recorded a midday high of 67 degrees. Lincoln, Neb., recorded a midday high of 77 degrees. West of the cold front, a mixture of rain and mountain snow affected the central Rockies and the central high Plains. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued for western Colorado and Wyoming. Park Reservoir, Colo., reported a midday total of 17.0 inches of snow.

Out west, a trough of low pressure initiated moderate to heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms across California. San Luis Obispo, Calif., reported a midday total of 0.97 of an inch of rain. Heavy snow also developed in the Sierra Nevada and the higher elevations of southern California. Tehachapi, Calif., reported a midday total of 2.60 inches of precipitation. Donner Peak, Calif., reported a midday total of 33.0 inches of snow.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of 7 degrees at Clayton Lake, Maine to a midday high of 87 degrees at Laredo, Texas