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Today's Weather Outlook

8:45 AM EDT, May 12, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologists, John Bateman and James West

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A potent cold front will continue to slice its way across the Great Plains today, bringing an end to the hot weather to parts of the Midwest and Mississippi Valley, while helping to fire severe storms in others. Meanwhile, it will be a wintry scene in parts of the central and northern Rocky Mountains.

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

The chance for rain, as well as dangerous thunderstorms, will cover a good chunk of the Nation`s Midsection. Thunderstorms, some potentially severe, will be found from the Texas/Mexico border to the Great Lakes, with shower chances stretching as far East as the East Coast. The main threat from the big thunderstorms will be from damaging winds and large hail. Otherwise, heavy downpours will be the main concern.

Temperatures will vary widely across the Heartland, with 80s and 90s in Texas, 70s and 80s in the Mid-Mississippi Valley, and much cooler 40s and 50s in the far Northern Plains.

The other big weather story is the accumulating snow that will continue into Monday for locations in the central and northern Rockies. The higher elevations will see heavy, wet snow, while the lower elevations see a wintry mix that changes to just plain old rain. The peaks of the mountain tops could see more than 2 feet of snow however! Temperatures will range from the 50s in lower lying areas to the 30s in the higher ones.

Elsewhere, a large swath of the country will stay quite warm. The East Coast will see some showers coming in by afternoon and evening, but temperatures will be summer-like. Highs will range from the lower-to-mid 80s from Atlanta to Boston. Cooler 70s will be found in interior locations of New England.

The toastiest locales will be found in southern California and the Southwest, as highs hit the upper 80s and 90s under abundant sunshine. Even the Pacific Northwest will enjoy mostly sunny skies and highs into the mid-70s.

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