Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, May 01, 2016

A low pressure system transitioned across the Midwest on Sunday, while high pressure settled in over the West Coast.

A broad area of low pressure moved east northeast across the Midwest. This system brought rain and thunderstorms to parts of the Plains, the upper Mississippi Valley, the Midwest and the Northeast. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Ohio on Sunday. Flash flood watches were also issued in the central Appalachians. Charleston, W. Va., reported a midday total of 1.17 inches of rain. A cold frontal boundary associated with this system stretched southwestward from the Ohio Valley to the southern Plains. Multiple clusters of thunderstorms fired up across the Southeast and the Deep South. Flash flood warnings were issued for eastern Texas and southern Louisiana. Lake Charles Regional, La., reported a midday total of 3.36 inches of rain. Beaumont, Texas, reported a midday total of 2.51 inches of rain.

Just to the west, a trough of low pressure shifted across the Four Corners. This system produced showers, isolated thunderstorms and high elevation snow from the Desert Southwest to the southern high Plains. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued for northern New Mexico. Red River, N.M., reported a midday total of 6.0 inches of snow. Most of the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest and the upper Intermountain West stayed clear of precipitation on Sunday.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of 12 degrees at Monarch Pass, Colo. to a midday high of 91 degrees at Crystal River, Fla.