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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, April 24, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The crazy April weather continues even as the end of the month approaches. Weather more reminiscent of late-winter will continue across large stretches of the central and eastern U.S. Spring can be found in Florida, the Southwest and along much of the West Coast.

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

A slow-moving but strong cold front stretching from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes will be the dividing line between late-winter and spring. Along and just ahead of the front, a cold rain will be common across the eastern Great Lakes and into the upper Ohio Valley with a few rumbles of thunder mixing in with the rain from the central Gulf Coast northeast into the Tennessee Valley, and the southern Appalachians. Temperatures here will be in the 60s, with a few 70s across the Mid-Atlantic and along the New England Coast.

The central U.S. from Texas to the Dakotas and Upper Midwest will be on the cold side of the front today. Much of the Plains from the Texas Panhandle north will start the day with sub-freezing temperatures. Afternoon temperatures will only reach into the 50s and 60s across the southern Plains, with the central Plains, Upper Midwest and the Dakotas seeing highs in the 40s and 50s. On top of the cold temperatures, a wintry mix of snow and sleet will be possible over the Dakotas and northern Plains.

The Southeast and Florida, being on the warm side of the cold front, will have warm and spring-like weather. Mostly sunny skies will push temperatures into the low 80s across Florida and the Southeast Coast, with 70 in the Carolinas.

The West will have another quiet day. Abundant sunshine will be found from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast. Temperatures will be around normal for this time of the year, with highs in the 80s and low 90s found across the Southwest and southern California and 80s across the California San Joaquin Valley. The rest of the Golden State and the interior Northwest will be in the low 70s while coastal Northwest, Great Basin and Rockies sees highs in the 50s and low 60s.

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