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7:45 AM EDT, April 17, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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A cold front that has been rampaging eastward across the U.S. over the last few days will make its presence felt in the Southeast today, with a few more damaging severe thunderstorms possible. Mild springtime weather will continue along the East Coast, and the Desert Southwest will enjoy a return to seasonable temperatures after a couple days of cool weather.

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

Residents from Atlanta to Columbia, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C. will be bracing for severe thunderstorms this afternoon. Although the storms are unlikely to produce the same type of devastation seen from Minnesota to Texas, the ingredients will be in place for thunderstorms that produce damaging wind gusts. The severe weather threat is lower elsewhere in the Deep South, but a soaking rain is expected from Georgia to the Texas Gulf Coast.

The East Coast will hang on to one more day of well-above-average temperatures as a cold front pushes in from the west. Cities from Richmond, Va., to Concord, N.H., and Portland, Maine, will enjoy widespread temperatures in the 70s, which are 10 to 15 degrees above-average for mid-April.

A weak storm jetting into the Northwest from the Pacific Ocean will bring scattered showers to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, with a dusting of snow possible in the highest elevations of the Northern Rockies.

People will enjoy abundant sunshine across much of the U.S. today, from Florida to the Plains and west to California. Cool temperatures will dominate much of the northern tier, with 40s and 50s in the Great Lakes and far Northern Plains, and even some chilly 30s in the Rockies. The Central Plains will enjoy comfortable temperatures in the 70s with low humidity that will make for a beautiful mid-April day. Temperatures in the southern tier will surge back into the 80s and 90s from El Paso, Texas, to Tucson and Yuma, Ariz.

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