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UPDATED 4 AM EDT, April 28, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Spring will flex its muscles across the U.S. on the last Sunday in April. The Northwest, northern Rockies, and the Great Lakes through Texas` Rio Grande Valley will be peppered by showers and even a few thunderstorms. Meanwhile most of the West will enjoy bountiful sunshine and spring warmth.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

A broad low pressure system will circulate waves of downpours and thunderstorms from the Texas and Mexico border through the Southeast and up the Ohio Valley into the eastern Great Lakes. The soggy weather could produce localized flooding across the western Carolinas and in eastern Tennessee, with a few thunderstorms packing gusty winds and hail across the Deep South, southern Texas, and in the Ohio Valley.

The only other weather inconveniences across the Lower 48 will be found along the Northwest`s Interstate 5 corridor, the northern Rockies and along a cold front trailing from the Dakotas through the western Great Lakes. Outdoor plans could be interrupted by showers and storms in the Upper Midwest, while umbrellas will be needed across the Northwest and Rockies.

Meanwhile, California, the Four Corners, much of the Plains and Middle Mississippi Valley, as well as the Northeast will enjoy a deep blue sky and spring warmth to boot.

The few cool spots across the U.S. will be along the Pacific Northwest coast, Colorado Rockies and along the Northern Tier, where the mercury won`t break the 60-degree mark.

In contrast, California, the Desert Southwest, western High Plains, southern Texas and Florida will enjoy toasty 80s and lower 90s. The Great Basin into the Great Lakes, Mid-South, Carolinas, and away from the coast in the Northeast will top out in the 70s. Highs will top out in the 60s from the eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley into the northern and central Appalachians.

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