Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, April 18, 2013.
A strong winter storm brought more snow to the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains, while severe showers and thunderstorms moved into the East on Thursday. Winter weather advisories remained in effect for the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest as a strong low pressure system continued moving into the Great Lakes from the Plains. This brought heavy snow into the Upper Midwest with widespread snowfall totals from 3 to 6 inches. Strong winds accompanied this system with wind gusts from 35 to 45 mph.
Meanwhile, a cold front extends southward from this system continues triggering showers and thunderstorms from the Great Lakes, through the Midwest, and down the Mississippi River Valley. As this system advanced eastward throughout the day, it pulled more moisture and energy in from the Gulf of Mexico, which allowed for severe showers and thunderstorms to develop along the cold front. There was a moderate risk of severe thunderstorm development in these areas with threats of large hail and several tornadoes, with strong wind gusts over 60 mph already reported in many areas from southern Michigan through northern Texas. Flood warnings and advisories have been issued across most of the Midwest as heavy rainfall along this front. Mid-day rainfall totals reached over 2 inches in many areas, while over 4 to 6 inches were reported in parts of Illinois.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -9 degrees at Yellowstone, Wyo. to a midday high of 98 degrees at Port Isabel, Texas
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8 A.M. UPDATE: Car crashes continued as people drove into work. Hamilton County had a car that went down an embankment near 240th Street and State Road 19. Firefighters had to remove the roof of the car to get the passengers out.
A car ended up in the water early Friday morning, as drivers tried to make their way despite snow that fell overnight.
State police are warning Indiana residents about a phone scam that has been reported in central Indiana where grandparents are swindled out of money by con artists who tell them about a fake emergency.