|Wednesday's Weather Outlook|
5 PM EDT, June 18, 2013
By WeatherBug's James Stanley
|Scattered thunderstorms will soak large stretches of the U.S. from the Plains to the Atlantic Seaboard and south to the Gulf of Mexico. While showers will make for a soggy day in the Northwest, the Northeast, Southwest and West Coast will see plenty of sunshine.|
Severe storms are most likely across the Northern Plains and Montana as cool, moist air moving east of the Rockies clashes with warm air surging north to the Interstate 94 corridor. Damaging wind gusts and quarter-sized-hail or larger are the main threats.
As for the rest of the Plains and Rockies, spotty showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day. Residents can expect lightning, heavy downpours, damaging winds and quarter-sized-hail. In general, the Plains will heat up to the higher-70s and 80s.
Showers and a few storms will invade the Southeast and Gulf Coast with a few rain drops making it as far north as the southern Mid-Atlantic. The Southeast to the Lower Mississippi Valley will be in the mid-80s and upper-90s range and the Mid-Atlantic will generally be in the 70s.
The Northeast, Ohio and Tennessee valleys will be in the clearing, with partly to mostly sunny skies. The Northeast will rise into the 60s and 70s, while the Ohio and Tennessee valleys can look forward to pleasant 70s and low-80s.
Showers will scoot across the Northwest, keeping temperatures in the 60s. Meanwhile, sunshine is on the weather menu again for California, the Intermountain West and Southwest. Northern California and the Great Basin will see cooler 50s and 60s while the southern Great Basin, the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys warm into the 70s to upper-80s.
The Southwest will climb into the upper 80s with places like Phoenix and Death Valley, Calif., surging into the lower 100s.
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