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Rain, Snow Drench West, Northeast Clears Up

December 25, 1994

Undated (AP) _ Storms brought heavy rain and mountain snow to the Southwest, while thick fog settled over parts of the Midwest on Sunday.

In New York, temperatures were mild and it was anything but a white Christmas.

Storms continued in southern California and Nevada. A foot of snow was reported at Pine Mountain, Calif., and 6 inches fell at Big Bear, Calif.

Some minor flooding was reported in southern Nevada. Elsewhere in that state, Ely reported 3 inches of snow, Ruth reported 4 inches and 5 inches were reported at Mount Carleston.

A low pressure system moving over the California-Mexico border was expected to bring high winds and more rain and snow to the Southwest.

Fog was a problem in some parts of the nation, with the thickest fog reported in Oklahoma, Kansas, Montana, Iowa, and Michigan.

In typically frigid northern New York, Albany warmed to 44 degrees, while Elmira recorded a high of 48. Farther south, New York City reached a high of 59 degrees.

Buffalo, N.Y., received only 8.7 inches of snow so far this season - a full 20 inches less than normal. The West Mountain Ski Center in Glens Falls, N.Y. shut down Christmas Eve because of rain.

On Saturday, rain and winds up to 80 mph in New England closed roads, felled trees and left more than 175,000 customers without electricity.

Crews worked Sunday to restore electricity to 30,000 Connecticut customers who remained without power.

The nation’s high temperature Sunday was 71 degrees in Key West, Fla., and the low in the Lower 48 states was 4 degrees in Rutland, Vt.

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