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UPDATED 7 AM EDT, April 2, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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While much of the U.S. enjoys a quiet weather pattern today, rain and a few severe storms will roam across the Southern Plains. Winter will keep fighting across the Central Rockies and even the Oklahoma Panhandle where a bit of snow will brush the landscape.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A disturbance sliding across the Rio Grande River will bring rain to much of the Southern Plains today. As much as an inch could soak places like Houston, Dallas and Oklahoma City. The only silver lining is the rain will help with the significant ongoing drought across this region.

Closer to the low pressure center, a few severe storms will interrupt outdoor plans in central Texas and along the Rio Grande River. Gusty winds and hail will be the main threats with any afternoon storms that develop in places like Del Rio, San Antonio and Austin, Texas.

In the colder air to the north, light snow will brush the central Rockies. Any accumulation will be an inch or less. A few wet flakes will even mix in across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles later in the evening.

Cold northwest winds will spin a few snow showers into northern New England but otherwise dry weather will rule the East, Great Lakes, Northern Plains and West Coast.

Cold 30s and 40s will chill the Northern Plains to the Northeast with pockets of 30s and 40s from the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle into the Central Rockies. Otherwise, milder 50s, 60s and 70s will rule the remainder of the U.S. from Seattle to Miami.

The Southwest and southern Texas will warm the most with highs well into the 80s.

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