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High wind warnings and flood watches were issued across the Pacific Northwest and the upper Intermountain West on Saturday as a cold front approached the northwestern corner of the country. Light to moderate showers moved across Washington, Oregon and parts of the northern California, while the Cascades and the northern Rockies experienced high elevation snow showers. Quillayute, Wash., reported a midday total of 0.39 inches of rain. High pressure kept the Southwest warm and sunny on Saturday, as temperatures jumped into the 70s and 80s across Southern California. Santa Ana, Calif., recorded a midday high of 81 degrees, while Torrance, Calif., recorded a midday high of 80 degrees.

Meanwhile, winter weather advisories were issued in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas on Saturday as a mixture of rain and snow moved across the area. A swath of snow showers also moved across the lower Great Lakes, the Ohio Valley and parts of the Northeast as a cold front extended from Texas to Maine. A ridge of high pressure kept conditions clear across the Southeast as temperatures ranged between the 60s and 70s across the region.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 Point Mugu, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Edinburg, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-18 International Falls, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-50 Deadhorse, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................50 Browning, Mont.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.91 Pilot Point AP, Pilot Point, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... The residents of Brinkley, Ark., found themselves directly in the path of an F4 tornado on this date in 1909. The tornado claimed 49 lives and destroyed 800 buildings. The tornado was part of a large tornado outbreak of 7 tornadoes to touchdown in the state that day.

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