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Flood warnings were issued in parts of North Carolina on Friday as a low pressure system trekked north northeastward along the East Coast. An abundance of rain and thunderstorms accompanied this system, which impacted several states across the Mid-Atlantic. Greensboro, N.C., reported a midday total of 1.79 inches of rain, while Gastonia, N.C., reported a midday total of 1.59 inches of rain. High pressure over the Gulf Coast kept conditions warm and sunny from the southern Plains to the southwestern corner of the country. Ft Lauderdale, Fla., recorded a midday high of 82 degrees.

Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary extended from Colorado to Wisconsin on Friday. Low pressure over the central Rockies triggered a mixture of rain and snow across northern New Mexico, Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and Nebraska. This cold front also allowed for arctic air to move southward from Canada, which swept across the north central portion of the country.

High pressure kept the West Coast clear of precipitation on Friday, as temperatures jumped into the 70s and 80s across the Desert Southwest. Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 82 degrees, while Blythe, Calif., also recorded a midday high of 82 degrees.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 El Centro, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Keahole Point, Hawaii

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-16 Saranac Lake, N.Y.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-61 Nuiqsut, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................47 Elizabeth City, N.C.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.80 Greensboro, N.C.

ON THIS DATE....... The "Great Snow of 1717" finally came to an end on this date in 1717. Nearly 4 feet of new snow fell on Boston, while snow drifts 25 feet high were observed in Dorchester, Mass. Snow depths were so deep that traveling from town to town was impossible for 3 weeks.

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