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Mother's Day Outlook

UPDATED 9 AM EDT, May 12, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Spring warmth will once again elude residents from the Upper Midwest into the eastern Great Lakes for Mother`s Day, while showers and a few thunderstorms could ruin family gatherings over the Northwest, Florida, and in the Great Lakes and eastern New England.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

The volatile spring temperature rollercoaster ride will be felt from Minnesota and Iowa all the way to the Ohio Valley and New York State on Mother`s Day. Not only will a stiff breeze make it feel uncomfortable, but scattered showers and a rumble of thunder or two could put a kink in outdoor plans.

Instead of the typical 60s and 70s for Mother`s Day, the mercury will not climb out of the 50s for most, with 40s blanketing the Minnesota Arrowhead to the shorelines of Lakes Erie and Ontario in western New York and Pennsylvania; a few places may not even reach the 40-degree mark over far northern Michigan.

A slow-moving cold front will also be responsible for rain, downpours, and thunderstorms for eastern New England and Sunshine State residents today. Alhough the rain won`t be attached to severe weather, a few thunderstorms could pack gusty winds and small hail for cities such as Orlando, Melbourne, and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in the afternoon and evening.

The only other weather blemishes on Mother`s Day will be found across the Northwest, far southern Texas, and in spotty showers and thunderstorms along the Rocky Front Range. Those along the Interstate 5 corridor in Washington State will have to contend with a steady rain, while a few pop-up thunderstorms will expand across Texas` Rio Grande Valley.

The California beaches to the High Plains and along the Atlantic Seaboard will not only be full of May sunshine, but temperatures will also be reminiscent of summer in some spots.

The toasty spots will include most of the Western U.S., where 80s and 90s will stretch from Montana and eastern Washington to Arizona and New Mexico, as well as the western High Plains and Southeast to Florida with 70s and 80s common. The Colorado Rockies, Dakotas to Tennessee Valley, and Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Bangor, Maine, will climb into the 50s and 60s today.

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