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UPDATED 10:30 AM EDT, May 13, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Just as the calendar flips to a new day in mid-May, Mother Nature is rolling back temperatures to late March from the Upper Mississippi Valley to the Appalachians. On the opposite side of the U.S., a strong storm system entering the Northwest will ignite showers and possible severe storms while quiet weather rules much of the U.S.

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

A significant chill is in the air this morning. Places like Detroit, Chicago and State College, Pa., are starting the day with temperatures in the upper 20s to middle 30s, with a bit of frost on cars and the grass.

Meanwhile, a potent cold front will rocket into the Northwest and Northern Rockies. Rain will move into Portland, Ore., and Seattle while a few afternoon severe thunderstorms capable of damaging winds will traverse the landscape from the Idaho Panhandle into Montana.

Other than a few showers in the eastern Ohio Valley and northern Appalachians and rumbles of thunder in Colorado`s Rockies, the Minnesota Arrowhead, the Rio Grande Valley and southern Florida, the work week will start off dry in much of the West, Plains and East.

Toasty 90s and lower 100s will heat up the California valleys and Southwest today. Widespread 80s and a few 90s will keep air conditioners going full throttle in the Great Basin, Mountain West and Plains.

The Northwest and stretches of real estate from the Great Lakes to Northeast will stay put in the 50s and 60s. A few of the highest elevations in the northern and central Appalachians will not get out of the 40s. Meanwhile, the Mississippi Valley and Deep South will enjoy pleasant 70s to lower 80s.

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