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Record Chill On Northern Plains

April 17, 1990

Undated (AP) _ Temperatures dipped to record lows Tuesday across the northern Plains, and rain and snow were scattered from the Southwest to New England.

Severe storms late Monday and early Tuesday did scattered damage in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Record lows were 18 degrees at Rapid City, S.D., and 10 at Valentine, Neb., while both Sioux Falls and Yankton, S.D., tied their records of 19.

The cold front that marked the edge of lower temperatures continued to move to the southeast. About noon, Harrisburg, Pa., cooled from 60 to 50 degrees in half an hour when the cold front passed.

At midday, rain extended across much of New England, southeastern New York state, northeastern to southwestern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, eastern Arkansas and northwestern Mississippi.

Rain changed to snow at higher elevations of the central Appalachians. Snow also was scattered over northwestern New York state, eastern and northern Lower Michigan and eastern Upper Michigan,

Scattered showers fell over the central Texas coast, northwestern and west- central Texas, central New Mexico, and along the southern coast of California.

Snow was scattered over the mountains of northwestern Arizona.

Light rain also fell along the northern Pacific Coast. Freezing rain was scattered from southeastern Wyoming into north-central Colorado.

Winds stronger than 90 mph plowed across central Oklahoma overnight, uprooting trees, damaging buildings and knocking out power to about 45,000 people. No injuries were reported.

Most power was restored to customers Tuesday morning, said Dave Raybern, media relations spokesman for Oklahoma Gas & Electric.

A 92-mph gust at Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City was the strongest on record there, the National Weather Service said.

Hail 2 1/2 inches in diameter fell in Chandler, Okla.

Overnight thunderstorms accompanied by high wind and large hail also knocked out some windows and damaged some roofs in northwestern Arkansas, the weather service said. Some areas got more than 2 inches of rain.

″We don’t have any reports of injuries, but there has been lots of property damage,″ said police Cpl. Mark Howell of Rogers, Ark. ″I can confirm that there are some roofs blown off businesses, some neon signs have been blown away and a tree was blown over on a residence.″

In Arkansas, hail the size of golf balls hammered Bella Vista, Lincoln, West Fork, Prairie Grove and an area just west of Huntsville, the weather service said. A 10-minute spurt of three-quarter-inch hail covered the ground in Bentonville.

In Utah, wind gusted during the night from 70 to 90 mph over Davis and Weber counties, and to 60 mph across Cache and Box Elder counties.

Temperatures around the nation at 3 p.m. EDT ranged from 23 degrees at the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., to 89 at Avon Park, Fla.

Tuesday’s low in the Lower 48 states was the record 10 degrees at Valentine, Neb.

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