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Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 3 PM EDT, April 29, 2016
By WeatherBug's Doug Kahn
The active weather pattern seen over the U.S. for the past week will continue through the weekend, producing more soggy and stormy weather.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

Saturday

The weekend will kick off with most of the weather action occurring in the central U.S. A large spring storm making its way from the southern Plains to the central Mississippi Valley will spread downpours and embedded thunderstorms from Texas northeastward into the central Plains and central Mississippi Valley. The same system that brought heavy snow to places just west of Denver will leave some lingering showers for the central Rockies Saturday, adding to the snow totals in the region.

Meanwhile, a weak low pressure system moving across the Southwest will spread rain showers and clouds across the Desert Southwest and Great Basin. Even a few rumbles of thunder could be possible.
If you're looking for sunshine, head for the Northwest, northern California, southern Plains, northern tier, and Northeast. High temperatures will range from the 80s and 90s across the Southeast and southern Plains to the 60s across the Great Basin, Rockies, northern tier of the U.S., including the Northeast. Elsewhere, 60s and 70s will be found in the Pacific Northwest as chillier 40s and 50s visit the central Plains under cloudy and dreary conditions.
Sunday

The first day of May will bring unsettled weather to the East while the central and northern U.S. dries out.

The same storm system which produced heavy rain and thunderstorms across the central U.S. will make its way east, spreading rain from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast, while also bringing thunderstorms to the Southeast. A few strong thunderstorms won't be out of the question across the central Gulf Coast as highs peak in the low 80s. Across the rest of the East Coast, rainy weather will limit highs to the 50s across New England while warmer 70s and 80s will be found across much of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Some 90s could even be possible in Florida.

Meanwhile, across the Central U.S., a blast of cold air diving out of Canada will produce sunny but below-normal temperatures. Highs will only reach the 60s as far south as the Texas Panhandle with 40s and 50s found across the Rockies and central and northern Plains, with 40s and 50s found across the Rockies and parts of the Great Basin. Even the southern Plains will only be in the 70s, which is a good 10 to 15 degrees colder than their normal May 1st readings.
The rest of the West, including California and the Pacific Northwest will end the weekend quietly. Plentiful sunshine will push temperatures into the 70s and 80s throughout California and the Northwest. Cooler, but still pleasant 60s will be found across the Mountain West.

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