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Memorial Day Weather Outlook

UPDATED 12:15 PM EDT, May 27, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The seemingly unending active pattern controlling the Nation`s Heartland won`t let up on Memorial Day. Not to be left out, downpours and thunderstorms could also ruin a few outdoor plans and picnics across the Northwest, while the East Coast finally breaks out of its chilly funk of late today.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Susie Martin has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

The weather will do anything but cooperate with outdoor plans for those from the eastern slopes of the central and northern Rocky Front Range to the Midwest and Ohio Valley on Memorial Day. Even worse, a few clusters of dangerous thunderstorms will produce very large hail, damaging wind gusts, and even a few tornadoes from the Dakotas down acrross Nebraska, Kansas, southern Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois. Even western Texas and western Oklahoma residents won`t escape unscathed either from severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Just like their northern counterparts, the storms will each be capable of producing gusty winds, very large hail, and a few brief tornadoes.

The only other weather hiccups will be found along the central Appalachian Spine and the Interstate 5 corridor from Washington State to the San Francisco Bay area. While a few showers will pop-up from West Virginia to western North Carolina this afternoon, umbrellas and rain gear will be necessary items along the West Coast.

Meanwhile, sunshine will be bright and high in the sky from the Southwest across the Deep South into the East.

Highs will soar into the 90s in the Southwest and western Plains, with 70s and 80s covering much of the Great Basin, northern Plains and East. The cooler spots will be the Northwest, northern Rockies and New England where highs will stay in the 50s and 60s.

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