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1 PM EDT, May 1, 2013

UPDATED by WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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The flip of the calendar to May will feel like the early March lion roaring in from the Rockies to the Upper Mississippi Valley with a cold front bringing sweeping weather changes. Meanwhile, spring will live up to its name in Texas and the Deep South as thunderstorm roll across the landscape.

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

Mother Nature is still not giving up its cold grip across the Northern Tier to kick off the month of May. A powerful cold front will bring a sharp temperature drop across the Upper Mississippi Valley with 70s Tuesday giving way to 30s and 40s today.

Snow shovels will also be hard at work across the Rockies. More than a foot will blanket the highest peaks of Wyoming and Colorado`s Rockies with 1-to-3 inches possible in grassy spots for the Denver metropolitan area. Rain will change to snow from eastern Nebraska into southern Minnesota with an inch or two not out of the question.

The southern flank of the front will bring a few severe thunderstorms to central Texas. Austin and San Antonio, Texas, will have to be on guard for rapidly changing afternoon skies. Damaging winds and hail will be the main threats from the storms.

A plethora of showers and storms will splash from the Mid-South into Florida today. Drenching downpours are the biggest concern. Remember, if you come across a flooded roadway, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

Other than a few showers scraping the Carolina Coast, a bit more sunshine will return to the Mid-Atlantic while the Northeast, Ohio Valley and West enjoy sunny skies.

Besides the chilly 30s and 40s from the Rockies to the Minnesota Arrowhead, 50s and 60s will embrace the West. Warmer 70s and 80s will stretch from the California valleys into the Southwest across Texas and through the East.

The typical hot spots, including southern California into southern Arizona and west Texas will round out the afternoon in the 90s to around the century mark.

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