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Wednesday's Weather Outlook
3 PM EDT, May 24, 2016
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
The spring severe weather season will continue in full-throttle mode across the nation's midsection Wednesday. Meanwhile, a summer preview will invade large stretches of the East Coast.

Pockets of showers and storms will make for a soggy morning start in the Northern and Central Plains Wednesday morning. The weather system responsible for the stormy start will edge into the Mid-Mississippi Valley and Upper Midwest as the day unfolds.

Thunderstorms will break out between Interstate 70 and 90 in the nation's midsection later in the afternoon. A few could be severe with large, damaging hail and gusty winds in places like Wichita, Kan., Kansas City, Mo., and Des Moines, Iowa. Not to be outdone, a couple storms will even build south into Oklahoma and Texas by the evening commute.

Following a bit of morning sun in the Sierra, Great Basin, Northwest and Northern Rockies, hit-and-miss showers and thunderstorms will dot the landscape later in the day. The central Appalachians, southern Florida and northern New England will also have to deal with brief garden-variety showers and storms Wednesday afternoon.

The West Coast, Southwest and much of the East Coast will see plenty of bright sunshine.

Temperatures will careen into the 80s and 90s from the Southwest into the Central and Southern Plains, Deep South, Tennessee Valley and Mid-Atlantic. Wednesday will be the first day this month for Philadelphia to see 80 degrees and the second day in May for the nation's capital to hit the 80-degree mark.

The afternoon clouds and occasional rain will hold temperatures back into the 60s across the Intermountain West while 70s graze the Northern Tier. The West Coast will enjoy comfortable upper 50s to middle 60s Wednesday afternoon.

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