The Associated Press
In this photo released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Cyndi Livingston, left, watches grandson Michael Walker play with a snorkeling snowman Friday in Summerland Key, Fla. Although temperatures in the Florida Keys on Friday were in the high 70s, about 20 tons of ice were crushed to create snow deposited on the Livingstons’ oceanfront property. The family won The Weather Channel’s “Guaranteed White Christmas” contest in which entrants submitted videos explaining why their families deserved a white Christmas.
Relatively inactive weather greeted the country on Saturday, as the heaviest precipitation occurred in the Northeast and Northwest.
In the Northeast, cold air and the remnants of a low pressure system combined to produce scattered snow through New England. Much of this activity diminished as the day progressed, leaving some showers over Maine late in the afternoon.
In the Northwest, moist flow off the Pacific Ocean continued to produce rain and some high elevation snow in western Washington and Oregon. In addition, a mixture of rain and snow fell in the Intermountain West and parts of the Great Basin.
Meanwhile, a high pressure system over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest allowed cold air to pour into the area from Canada. Frigid temperatures were experienced in the Dakotas and Upper Midwest, while much of the East observed cool to cold conditions.
The Northeast rose into the 10s, 20s, and 30s, while the
Southeast saw temperatures in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. The Northern
Plains and Upper Midwest rose into the -0s, 0s, and 10s, while the
Northwest saw temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
HIGHEST TEMPERTURE (DEGREES F)........79 Riverside, CA
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)........80 Kalaeloa.HA
LOWEST TEMPERTURE (DEGREES F)........-36 International Falls, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)........-51 Grand Forks, ND
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)...............55 Jefferson, NC
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)......1.13 Otis ANG Base, MA
ON THIS DATE: A hurricane in January. On this date in 1955, both the latest and earliest hurricane on record moved
through the Atlantic. Hurricane Alice actually formed on December
31, 1954, but it moved over the Leeward Islands today with winds of