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9:15 AM EDT, April 11, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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A soaking rain is invading California today, making for a gloomy day in the Golden State. People in the Southern Plains have become accustomed to the threat of severe weather in the past few weeks, and this will continue that trend from west Texas to the Front Range of Colorado today. Moving east, cities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic will endure nuisance showers from a weak storm beginning to move offshore.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A front associated with a Pacific storm is bringing widespread showers to the West Coast today, from typically damp Seattle and Portland, Ore., all the way south to the typically sunny cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. The good news for Southern Californians is that most of the showers will in the morning, with some clearing expected in the afternoon. These showers will begin to push into the Great Basin in the afternoon, where it will also be breezy.

Another round of severe storms will try to fire up in the Southern Plains; although this time they will be focused further to the West, from Midland and Amarillo, Texas, northward to Denver. These storms will be focused across eastern New Mexico, and the main threats from these storms will be gusty winds and the potential for large hail.

In the Northeast, light and scattered showers will act as an annoyance for people from Albany, N.Y., to Portland, Maine. With cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere combined with daytime heating, these spotty showers will die out around sunset.

Other than these areas of active weather, a large portion of the U.S. will enjoy another day of pleasant weather splashed with plentiful sunshine. From the Deep South to the Northern Plains and into the Desert Southwest, sunglasses will be a necessity while the umbrella can stay at home.

Cool temperatures will persist in the Great Lakes, where many areas will not even get out of the 40s. With plentiful clouds and showers, below-average temperatures are also expected along the California Coast. More seasonable readings will occur from the Mid-Atlantic into the Midwest. With high pressure entrenched in the Northern Plains, mild 60s and 70s will be present from Montana to Utah. Warm weather will remain deep in the Southern Tier, where 80s and 90s will be the rule in south Florida and west Texas.

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