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8:30 AM EDT, April 9, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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A potpourri of weather will be found across the U.S. today. A strong winter storm will slam the Mountain West and Northern Plains with blizzard conditions while large stretches of the Eastern Plains and Missouri Valley prepare for dangerous storms. The East will see a preview to summer while the West enjoys quiet weather.

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

Snowflakes will be flying across the Rockies and Wasatch this morning, and in many places will accumulate rather deeply. Several inches will accumulate along the Interstate 70 and 25 corridors near Denver. Coupled with gusty winds, blizzard conditions will make travel difficult along and north of Denver, as well as across Wyoming, western Nebraska and South Dakota.

Warm, humid air building south of the same storm system will ignite afternoon severe thunderstorms from southern Iowa and western Missouri well south and west to Texas`s Rio Grande Valley. Outdoor activities in the Eastern Plains and Missouri Valley could be brought inside due to hail, damaging winds and a few tornadoes. Meanwhile, a warm front lifting north from the same storm system into the Upper Midwest will spark rain showers from Minneapolis to Cleveland.

Outside of the Central U.S., high pressure will keep the East dry and warm while a separate high pressure area will keep Pacific moisture away from the entire West Coast.

The cold front digging through the Northern Plains and Rockies will keep this region at least 15 degrees colder than average with highs in the 20s, 30s and 40s. Highs will only stay in the 40s through the Upper Mississippi Valley, western Great Lakes and northern New England as well.

Spring warmth will rule the remainder of the U.S., with 50s, 60s and 70s along the West Coast into the Southwest. Warmer 70s and 80s will dominate Texas and much of the U.S. east of the Continental Divide. Even a few hotter 90s will give the Rio Grande Valley an early summer preview.

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