|Today's Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, May 23, 2013
By WeatherBug's James Stanley
|Severe storms could cause major troubles across the southern Plains and Northeast later today while the Pacific Northwest sees a few showers. Elsewhere, a mainly tranquil spring day is on tap.|
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Treacherous thunderstorms could develop from mid-morning to late-afternoon near cities like Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, as well as Altus and Lawton, Okla. At least quarter-sized hail, heavy downpours, and damaging winds are expected, including a couple of isolated tornadoes. The rest of the Southern Plains, however, will have mostly sunny skies and warm up to the low 90s; southern Texas could even reach triple-digits.
There is also a chance of afternoon severe thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast stretching from southwestern Virginia northward into Upstate New York. Between a quarter and half an inch of rain is possible for places near New York City and Philadelphia. By the late afternoon, temperatures will rise to the upper-70s to near 80 degrees.
Meanwhile, late- morning showers are possible for the Pacific Northwest and the western half of Montana, which could turn into a few thunderstorms by mid-afternoon. Areas around the Cascades will only get into the low 50s, while the Columbia Basin might reach the low 70s.
Some showers and thunderstorms are possible for the Southeast. The most intense downpours could occur during the early to mid-morning timeframe near Greenville, S.C., and Atlanta, receiving up to an inch of rain.
The Southwest, however, will be breezy and mostly sunny, with highs in the upper 90s. Likewise, the Inter-Mountain West will be sunny and breezy, but will only reach the mid-60s. California will be mostly sunny and in the 60s, while Los Angeles may receive some morning drizzle and fog that will taper off by midday.
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