|Today's Weather Outlook|
12 AM EDT, April 17, 2014
By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
|The workweek, making the turn for the home stretch, will produce a potpourri of weather across the U.S. today. Snow, thunderstorms, and downpours all make appearances on the U.S. weather map.|
The Upper Midwest, western Great Lakes, the highest elevations of the Cascades, and the Mountain West will be the places to be Thursday, if you are looking for some late-season snow. Several inches of snow will fall in the Midwest before ending later in the day, with highest elevations of the Cascades seeing the snow arrive later in the day.
Even as the Cascades contend with snow, the same Pacific storm will bring a soaking spring rain to the Pacific Northwest and extreme northern California. Temperatures in the rainfall will be in the 60s and even low 70s. The higher elevations will be much cooler.
The remainder of the West will be filled with plenty of afternoon sunshine and seasonable warm temperatures. Highs will be in the low 90s across the Southwest and interior southern California, with the rest of southern and central California, Great Basin and southern Rockies seeing 70s and low 80s. The Rockies and Intermountain West will be in the 50s and low 60s.
The Central U.S., outside of some late-day thunderstorms in western Texas and the already-mentioned Upper Midwest snow, will see a sunny Thursday. The Northern and Central Plains will see highs in the 40s and low 50s, while the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley will be in the 60s and 70s.
Thunderstorms will also be a problem across Florida and the Gulf Coast this afternoon. These storms will keep temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The rest of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River will see plenty of sunshine, with highs in the 40s across New England, 50s in the Great Lakes, eastern Plains, and Mid-Atlantic and unseasonably cool 50s and 60s throughout the South and Southeast.
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