Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, March 15, 2015

Snow showers spread across the Northeast on Sunday while rainy conditions persisted in the Pacific Northwest. A low pressure system that moved eastward and offshore of the East Coast continued pushing moisture into the extreme Northeast. This allowed for snow showers to develop across Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Snowfall totals ranged from 2 to 6 inches in most areas with some areas seeing over 10 inches of new snow. Sherman, Maine reported a midday total of 11 inches, while Robbinston, Maine reported 11.6 inches of snow by midday Sunday. A winter storm warning was issued across most of Maine as this snowfall in addition to gusty winds created dangerous roads and travel conditions. The southern side of this system moved offshore and allowed for precipitation to come to an end for the Eastern Valleys, mid-Atlantic states, and Gulf states. However, the tail end of the cold front lingered over Florida, which triggered a few light rain showers.

Meanwhile out West, another strong low pressure system moved into the Pacific Northwest from the Pacific Ocean. This system brought abundant moisture onshore with it, producing periods of heavy rainfall across Washington and Oregon. Precipitation from the previous system has moved eastward across Idaho and into Montana. Heaviest rainfall was reported at Astoria, Oregon with a midday total of 1.67 inches of rain.

Elsewhere, high pressure dominating across the Plains allowed for dry and warm weather to persist for the center of the nation and across the Eastern states. Due to these dry conditions and unseasonably warm temperatures, fire danger increased for the central and northern Plains. Red Flag warnings have been issued from Kansas and Nebraska through Iowa and southern Minnesota.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of 8 degrees at Mt. Washington, N.H. to a midday high of 90 degrees at Camp Pendleton, Calif.