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9:30 AM EDT, April 4, 2014

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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A bombardment of rain and thunderstorms will batter the Eastern U.S. as the work week comes to a close. Conversely, spring weather will begin to emerge across the Central U.S.

A robust weather system roaming over the Eastern U.S. will produce a wet day from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Northeast. Steady showers will soak citizens of the Northeast, northern Mid-Atlantic and Midwest throughout the day while vigorous thunderstorms roar and echo from the Ohio and Tennessee valleys to the interior Southeast.

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

Severe thunderstorms will not be ruled out and may produce large hail and damaging winds. An assortment of temperatures will be felt in the Eastern U.S., ranging from the 40s and 50s in New England to the 60s and 70s in the northern Mid-Atlantic, Ohio and Tennessee valleys, interior Southeast and Lower Mississippi Valley. Highs in the mid to upper 80s will be widespread along the coastal Southeast.

Winter`s stubbornness will be well exemplified by a pocket of snow creeping into the Upper Midwest and Upper Great Lakes. The same system producing downpours across the Eastern U.S. will create a layer of snow for the Upper Mississippi Valley and a strip of a wintry mix and ice for Michigan`s Upper Peninsula and Central Wisconsin. Chilly highs in the 30s will invade the northern corridor of the Upper Midwest while temperatures in the upper 30s and lower 40s slide into the Upper Great Lakes.

Coastal rain and mountain snow will be the only items on the weather menu in the Western U.S. A disturbance in the Northwest U.S. will bring showers to the Pacific Northwest and snow to the tops of the Northern Rockies. Temperatures will be in the 30s and 40s in the Northern Rockies and the 50s in the Pacific Northwest.

Crisp spring weather will blossom across the Central and Southwestern U.S. Sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s will stretch from the Northern and Central Plains to the Central Rockies and Intermountain West. Highs in the 60s and 70s will be common in the Southern Plains, Southern Rockies, Southwest and West Coast.

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