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Cold Front Pushes Midwest Temps to Record Lows, Snow Flurries in Michigan

August 28, 1986

Undated (AP) _ Cold Canadian air pushed Midwestern temperatures to record lows today after bringing the first August snow flurries to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in at least 98 years.

Rain mixed with ice pellets and snow fell Wednesday night in Sault Ste. Marie, the National Weather Service said. Although temperatures were in the 40s, snow was possible because it was below 32 degrees about 4,000 feet above ground level.

Snow never has been reported in August since records first started being kept in 1888.

Weather officials received reports of snow from Marquette County Airport at noon Wednesday, and about 15 minutes later Sawyer Air Force Base officials also reported snow, weather service meteorologist Tom Fendon said.

There was no accumulation, he said.

Phil Seitz, Marquette, Mich., cooperative extension director, said when he noticed the snow, ″I said, ‘Oh my God, not already.’ But I’ve been here long enough to know it can happen anytime.″

Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms were scattered from the middle and southern Atlantic Coast across the Tennessee and lower Mississippi valleys into Texas as well as across the Pacific Northwest.

Heavy rain prompted a flash flood watch in sections of southwest Texas. San Angelo had more than 6 inches of rain Wednesday and Abilene had up to 4 1/2 inches, prompting police to close several underpasses where motorists’ cars stalled in deep water.

Temperatures dropped into the 30s early today in northeastern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota and into the 40s to low 50s from the northern Plains across the upper Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes.

Kansas City, Mo., was 53 degrees early today, breaking a 1974 record of 57.

Record lows were set shortly before midnight at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 43, breaking a record of 44 set in 1934; Des Moines, Iowa, 45, breaking a 1906 record of 46; Kansas City, Mo., 54, breaking a record of 57 set in 1985; and Ottumwa, Iowa, 47, breaking a 1967 record of 49.

Temperatures were still in the 80s early this morning in the desert Southwest and sections of central and eastern Washington state.

Today’s forecast called for showers and thunderstorms from New England and eastern New York and Pennsylvania across the mid-Atlantic states, the Southeast, Florida and Louisiana to central and southern Texas.

Highs will be in the 50s to 60s from Minnesota and northeast Iowa across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania to New York and New England; 90s in interior sections of the northern and central Pacific coastal region; 100 to 110 from interior sections of central and southern California to the desert Southwest; and 70s to 80s across most of the rest of the nation.

Temperatures around the nation at 3 a.m. EDT ranged from 33 degrees at Hibbing, Minn., to 88 at Hanford, Wash.

Other reports:

-East: Atlanta 68 rain; Boston 67 cloudy; Buffalo 52 cloudy; Charleston, S.C., 77 cloudy; Cincinnati 58 cloudy; Cleveland 55 cloudy; Detroit 51 fair; Miami 80 fair; New York 71 cloudy; Philadelphia 69 partly cloudy; Pittsburgh 55 cloudy; Portland 62 partly cloudy; Washington 71 cloudy.

-Central: Bismarck 46 fair; Chicago 53 partly cloudy; Dallas-Fort Worth 74 partly cloudy; Denver 65 fair; Des Moines 46 fair; Indianapolis 53 fair; Kansas City 54 fair; Minneapolis-St. Paul 49 fair; Nashville 69 partly cloudy; New Orleans 74 foggy; St. Louis 58 partly cloudy.

-West: Albuquerque 67 fair; Anchorage 56 cloudy; Las Vegas 84 fair; Los Angeles 66 fair; Phoenix 83 cloudy; Salt Lake City 72 fair; San Diego 70 fair; San Francisco 56 drizzle; Seattle 75 cloudy.

-Canada: Montreal 50 partly cloudy; Toronto 46 fair.

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