Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stormy weather persisted over the southern Rockies and southern Plains on Sunday, while a cold front approached the West Coast.

Moisture continued to pool northwestward from the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, which triggered isolated showers and thunderstorms over southwest Texas, New Mexico, eastern Arizona and southern Colorado. Alice, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.80 inches of rain. Gallup, N.M., reported a midday total of 0.07 inches of rain. Conditions remained mostly clear over the upper Intermountain West, the central Plains and the northern Plains. West Yellowstone, Mont., recorded a morning low of 21 degrees.

Just to the west, a cold front approached the Pacific Northwest. Moderate to heavy rain developed ahead of this frontal boundary over the coast of Washington. A ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific kept conditions dry across the Great Basin and the Southwest. Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 87 degrees.

Meanwhile, a weak area of low pressure skimmed across the Great Lakes and the upper Midwest. This system ushered light showers across northern Wisconsin and northwest Michigan on Sunday. Light, scattered showers also lingered over New England, while the remainder of the Eastern Seaboard stayed clear of wet weather. Mount Washington, N.H., recorded a morning low of 17 degrees.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of 17 degrees at Mt. Washington, N.H. to a midday high of 87 degrees at Weslaco, Texas