|Today's Weather Outlook|
7:45 AM EDT, April 12, 2012
By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
|Spring storms, western mountain snow and a chill more reminiscent of autumn will add a bit of spice to the U.S.`s weather variety today.|
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Two storm systems, one rolling off the Pacific and another stuck over the south-central Plains, will be the big troublemakers today. Heavy rain will be found from the central California coast northward into Washington, with heavy mountain snow falling across the highest peaks of the Sierras and the northern Rockies. Temperatures will only be in the 40s and 50s, with southern California and the Great Basin seeing a few 70 degree readings.
The system stuck over the Rockies and southern Plains will trigger strong-to-severe thunderstorms across the southern and south-central Plains, with pockets of heavy rain and thunderstorms as far north as the upper Mississippi Valley. Highs will reach into the 70s and low 80s before the rain and storms arrive.
Outside of a few widely scattered showers in the Northeast, the rest of the U.S. will have plenty of sunshine as the week edges closer to the weekend.
The coldest spots, outside of the snowy western mountains, will be from the Upper Midwest into the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic. After a frosty start, temperatures will only reach into the upper 40s and low 50s.
The southern Sunbelt, from the Southwest into Florida and the Southeast, will be the warm spot today. Highs will reach into the upper 70s and low 80s, with a few 90s in the lower Rio Grande Valley.
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