NATIONAL SUMMARY Colder air moved over the Midwest and Northeast on Saturday with many places along and west of the Appalachian Mountains staying below freezing throughout the duration of the day. Some lake-effect snow developed downwind of lakes Erie and Ontario, allowing for several inches of accumulation in spots downwind of the lakes. It turned out to be a chilly day in Georgia and the Carolinas, despite a mild start, as a cold front brought down temperatures from the 60s during the early morning hours to the low to mid-40s by daybreak. This front also brought some rain to the area with Greensboro, N.C., picking up nearly half an inch during the early morning hours. Frigid air remained in place over the Plains with temperatures running as much as 50 degrees below average in parts of Montana. This cold air pushed farther south in the Plains than it has over previous days with high temperatures being limited to the teens in the Panhandle of Texas. By far, the coldest location in the country was Havre, Mont., with a high temperature of 21 degrees below zero. This marked the third-straight day in the town that the temperature failed to climb to 12 below zero. The cold also continued in the West as low pressure tracked across California and into the central Rockies. This low spread rain across the central and southern coasts of California as well as the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys. Additionally, this low brought snow to some of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, a rare occurrence for these areas. Redding, Calif., was one spot that received some snow from this system with accumulations of up to 5 inches around the area. SPECIAL WEATHER Jetliner Explosion from 1963 On this date in 1963, a jetliner exploded near Elkton, Md., killing all 81 on board. Lightning is believed to have caused the explosion of residual fuel under one of the outboard wing tanks as the plane passed through a vicious thunderstorm. WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS Some Record Lows from Saturday: -Aberdeen, S.D., set a record of 27 degrees below zero, breaking the record of 24 degrees below zero set in 1976. -Russell, Kan., tied the record of 3 degrees below zero, originally set in 1950. -Abilene, Texas, set a record of 14 degrees, breaking the record of 15 degrees set in 1950. -San Angelo, Texas, set a record of 19 degrees, breaking the record of 21 degrees set in 2011. -Death Valley, Calif., tied the record of 29 degrees, originally set in 1927. Some Record Low Maximums from Saturday: -Miles City, Mont., set a record of 17 degrees below zero, smashing the record of 9 degrees below zero set in 1972. -Sheridan, Wyo., set a record of 13 degrees below zero, smashing the record of 9 degrees below zero set in 1972. -Billings, Mont., set a record of 13 degrees below zero, smashing the record of 11 degrees below zero set in 1972. -Abilene, Texas, set a record of 19 degrees, smashing the record of 27 degrees set in 2005. -Wichita Falls, Texas, set a record of 20 degrees, smashing the record of 27 degrees set in 2005. -Midland, Texas, set a record of 21 degrees, shattering the record of 32 degrees set in 1960. -San Angelo, Texas, set a record of 25 degrees, smashing the record of 33 degrees set in 1978. -Jackson, Miss., set a record of 36 degrees, breaking the record of 38 degrees set in 2011. -Meridian, Miss., tied the record of 37 degrees, originally set in 1950. -Harlingen, Texas, set a record of 44 degrees, smashing the record of 48 degrees set in 1950. -McAllen, Texas, set a record of 47 degrees, breaking the record of 49 degrees set in 1964. -Brownsville, Texas, set a record of 47 degrees, breaking the record of 48 degrees set in 1928. Some Snowfall Totals, as of 8 p.m. EST Saturday: Butte Falls, OR 14.0" Mammoth Lakes, CA 12.0" Pacific Hose, CA 11.0" Trail, OR 10.0" Andrews, OR 9.5" Pleasant Hill, OR 8.0" Ashland, OR 7.5" Prospect, OR 7.3" Nevada City, CA 7.0" Grass Valley, CA 6.5" Eugene, OR 6.0" Colorado City, AZ 5.0" Mount Shasta, CA 4.3" Emmett, ID 4.0" Zanesville, OH 3.5" Dalton, OH 3.5" Extreme Wind Chills from Saturday: Dickinson, ND -50 Aberdeen, SD -47 Essex, MT -47 Tioga, ND -44 Harvey, ND -43 Garrison, ND -42 Mobridge, SD -39 Evergreen, MT -39 DAILY EXTREMES National High Yesterday 86 at Fort Myers, Florida National Low Yesterday -42 at Jordan, Montana COPYRIGHT 2013 ACCUWEATHER, INC
Copyright AccuWeather, Inc. 2013 All Rights Reserved DECEMBER 08 PLACE YEAR EVENT ____________________________________________________________________ LaMesa, Calif. 1938 100 degrees, warmest ever in U.S. for December. Downtown Los Angeles reached 91.7 degrees, the only 90-degree reading in December. Elkton, Md. 1963 A jet liner exploded near Elkton, Md., killing all 81 on board. Lightning is believed to have caused the explosion of residual fuel under one of the outboard wing tanks as the plane passed through a vicious thunderstorm.
A city ordinance forbids motorists from parking vehicles on public streets any time wihtin twenty-four hours after a snow fall of three inches or more. Such parking is allowed after the snow has been removed. Streets designated as snow removal streets in the city are:
Level 1 Snow Alert — Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads are also icy; drive carefully.
Level 2 Snow Advisory — Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.
Level 3 Snow Emergency — All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roadways may subject themselves to arrest.
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