Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, March 23, 2016

An area of low pressure impacted the central third of the country on Wednesday, while a Pacific system approached the Northwest.

A robust area of low pressure transitioned across the Intermountain West and the Plains. This system ushered heavy snow and strong winds over the central Rockies and the central Plains. Blizzard warnings were issued for southeast Wyoming, eastern Colorado, southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas. Boulder, Colo., reported a midday total of 16.1 inches of snow. Denver, Colo., reported a midday total of 7.6 inches of snow. High wind warnings were issued across a large span of the southern and central Plains. Los Alamos, N.M., recorded wind gusts of 67 mph, while Guadalupe Pass, Texas, recorded wind gusts of 62 mph.

Meanwhile, a mixture of rain, freezing rain and snow affected portions of the upper Midwest and New York. Winter storm warnings were issued across southeast South Dakota, northern Iowa, southern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Wilson, Wis., reported a midday total of 1.5 inches of snow.

High pressure kept conditions dry across the lower Mississippi Valley, the Deep South, the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic. Opa Locka, Fla., recorded a midday high of 81 degrees.

Out west, a Pacific frontal system influenced an onshore flow over the Pacific Northwest, Light to moderate rain developed across western Oregon and western Washington. High pressure over the eastern Pacific influenced a dry weather pattern over the Southwest on Wednesday.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of 6 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a midday high of 86 degrees at Edinburg, Texas