Undated (AP) _ Thunderstorms and high winds knocked out electricity to thousands of residents in the East, and snow fell Monday in northern Minnesota.

At midday, showers and thunderstorms extended over the upper Mississippi Valley, the lower Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley, the Appalachians and along the Atlantic Coast.

Thunderstorms with high wind rushed through parts of northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware.

Two tornadoes touched down in northern Delaware, damaging some houses but causing only a few minor injuries.

Utilities reported an estimated 53,800 customers lost power in Maryland, 8,000 in the District of Columbia and 1,800 in northern Virginia.

Winds up to 50 mph damaged some homes in the northern Virginia community of Stanley and a child was slightly injured by flying glass, authorities said.

Heavier rainfall during the six hours up to 2 p.m. EDT were 2.59 inches in Key West, Fla.; 1.57 inches in New York City; 1.32 inches in Fort Belvoir, Va.; 1.13 inches in Bridgeport, Conn.; 1.12 inches in Altoona, Pa.; and 1.02 inches in Baltimore, the National Weather Service said.

Snow began accumulating at midday in northern Minnesota at International Falls, on the Canadian border, and at nearby Little Fork.

Temperatures around the nation at 2 p.m. EDT ranged from 35 degrees at International Falls to 106 at Palm Springs, Calif.

In more northerly areas, a storm developing over the northern Pacific was expected to spread snow across the southeastern half of Alaska on Tuesday, with at much as 5 inches at Fairbanks, the weather service said.

Chilly air spread along the Rockies and Alamosa, Colo., cooled to a record low of 23 during the morning.

Monday morning's low for the Lower 48 states was 21 degres at Truckee, Calif.