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UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, April 18, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Big thunderstorms, downpours, and snow and ice will be just a few things to cause trouble today as the change from winter to spring continues across the U.S.

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

A major storm system dividing late-winter weather across the Rockies and northern Plains, and spring-like temperatures over the Southeast is sweeping across the central U.S. today. The end result will be pockets of heavy snow across the Upper Midwest as temperatures hover in the lower 30s.

On the warm side of system heavy rain and thunderstorms will roar from eastern Texas and southern Mississippi Valley northeast into the Great Lakes. The strongest embedded storms will produce damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes, especially across the eastern Plains and Mississippi Valley. Temperatures will reach into the 70s before the rain arrives and drop things back into the 60s.

The wake of the storm will bring cooler and drier air across west Texas, the northern and southern Plains, and the southern Rockies. Here, temperatures in the 60s will be common across Texas and the southern Rockies, with the southern Plains, Rockies and northern Plains seeing 40s and 50s.

The Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Deep South will see increasing humidity and highs into the upper 70s and low 80s as a southerly flow off the Gulf of Mexico becomes well-established. New England will see clouds and temperatures in the 50s and low 60s.

Outside of some rain in the Northwest and high-elevation snow in the Cascades and Mountain West, the western U.S. will have a dry and sunny day. California will see temperatures reach into the upper 70s and low 80s, with the Northwest seeing highs in the 50s and Great Basin and Mountain West reaching into the upper 40s and low 50s. The Desert Southwest will be unseasonably cool with 50s and 60s over the higher elevation areas and 70s near the Mexican border.

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