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Easter Weather Outlook

UPDATED 7:45 AM EDT, March 31, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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The Easter Bunny will need an umbrella or heavy jacket for most across the U.S., with a pair of storms instigating some unsettled weather. Across the U.S. Midsection and Northwest, Easter egg hunts will be conducted under pleasant weather.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

A pair of low pressure systems will produce rain and even a few fresh thunderstorms from Upstate New York arcing through the Lower Mississippi Valley and Texas Plains for Easter. The chief concern will be large hail and gusty winds for places like Austin, Houston, and Lufkin, Texas. Thankfully, the storms from the Mid-Atlantic to Southeast won`t attain severe limits, though the umbrella will come in handy.

On the northwestern edge of the storm, colder air will circulate in, producing snow showers across the northern Plains and western Great Lakes. Lake-effect snow could allow it to pile up several inches in the Michigan Upper Peninsula.

Not to be outdone, another storm system wandering into the Great Basin will bring mountain snow for the Sierra Nevada and valley rain from central California to southwestern Oregon. A few showers could even spread into the Desert Southwest late this afternoon and evening. Travel across the passes will be hampered a bit by this storm.

Across the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, and Mid-Mississippi Valley, dry weather will rule, with pleasant weather expected.

The weather won`t feel at all like March 31 in the northern Plains, where highs in the teens and 20s will be the limit. Even the Great Lakes will be limited to the 40-degree mark, while 50s and 60s flood the U.S. Midsection to the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic. Highs in the 70s and lower 80s will be cooped up in south Florida and south Texas.

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