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UPDATED 7:45 AM EDT, April 4, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A soaker will be on tap across Florida and the Southeast today as a slow-moving system slides over the region, bringing heavy rain from Mississippi to the Carolinas. More rain will also be on tap for the Northwestern U.S. as another Pacific system moves onshore.

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

An area of low pressure moving out of the eastern Gulf of Mexico into the Southeast will keep things wet and stormy today. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will be a good bet from the Deep South eastward into the Tennessee Valley and North Carolina. An associated cold front will also help bring thunderstorms to the peninsula of Florida, including Orlando and Tampa. Temperatures will generally be kept down in the 50s from Dallas to Atlanta due to the clouds and rain. Warmer 60s will be found along the immediate Gulf Coast, while Florida hits the 70s and 80s.

Heading northward, sunshine will hold on for another day across the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. The only exceptions will be a light wintry mix possible across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and some late-day showers possible in Virginia. Temperatures will generally warm to the 50s from Chicago to Boston, with cooler 40s in interior New England and along the Canadian border.

In the West, a coastal system will move inland and bring rain chances from San Francisco to Seattle, with a few more showers in the northern Rockies. Even a few snow showers could fall in Montana and the Dakotas during the morning. Farther south into the Desert Southwest, unusually warm weather will continue with 80s and 90s in Las Vegas and Phoenix. Cooler highs in the 50s and 60s will be found along the coastal West, with 60s and 70s in the Great Basin.

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