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Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 8 AM EDT, May 8, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier
The mid-week will be a tale of two halves in the weather department, with a slow-moving, stubborn cold front spreading showers and some severe storms across a wide swath of the East Coast and Deep South. However, the central and western U.S. will reap the rewards of this setup, with a beautiful spring day on tap.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Severe storms will rumble on this afternoon from the Mid-Atlantic to Gulf Coast as a cold front pushes eastward through the Tennessee Valley. Ahead of the front, warm and moist air will surge northward from the Gulf of Mexico to increase instability in the atmosphere. Severe storms will form from Norfolk, Va., to Raleigh, N.C., Columbia, S.C., and Mobile, Ala., when the cold front slams into this volatile mix. Severe storms will be capable of producing damaging wind gusts.
Even where dangerous storms will not be a problem, the same front will be responsible for making Wednesday dreary from Maine to Texas. Showers will slowly crawl eastward through New England, the coastal Mid-Atlantic and the Deep South. Residents in these areas could be waterlogged by as much as an inch of rainfall before all is said and done this evening.
As gray and wet as the East Coast will be, the exact opposite will be the case for the western half of the U.S. A large and powerful area of high pressure will keep sunny and beautiful conditions in place from the Midwest all the way to the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the widespread sunshine, low humidity levels will provide ideal springtime weather.
The coolest spots in the U.S. will be northern New England and the Great Lakes, where temperatures will only climb into the 50s. Pleasant 60s and 70s will dominate a large portion of the country, from the Northeast, throughout the Plains, and into the Mountain West. Temperatures in the 80s will take up residence in the Deep South, with 90s making a return to the Southwest.
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