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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 6:30 AM EDT, June 17, 2014

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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There will be no shortage of active weather across the U.S. today. Rain, dangerous thunderstorms and even snow will grip large stretches of the Northern Tier while summer heat builds in the East. Meanwhile, the wildfire threat remains high across the Southwest.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

Umbrellas and windshield wipers will get a workout across the Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes and Northern Rockies early today. Showers and thunderstorms will rumble from Des Moines, Iowa, to Chicago and north to the Minnesota Arrowhead for the morning commute.

The same front pushing storms into the Upper Midwest early in the day will stall out while a fresh low pressure emerges into the Northern Plains later in the day. The front will act as a catalyst for thunderstorms to blossom from the Dakotas to the western Great Lakes. Damaging winds and hail are likely in the strongest storms.

Although not officially the first day of summer yet, temperatures in the 90s will keep local pools busy from the Central Plains to the Mid-Atlantic. There won`t be much relief from clouds or rain with high pressure in place. The only spots that could squeak out a late-day storm are the central and northern Appalachians, Rio Grande Valley and southern Florida.

Summer will be totally absent from the Northern Rockies today. The combination of cold air seeping south from Canada and moisture remaining behind a cold front will spell snow in Montana`s highest elevations. As a matter of fact, up to two feet of accumulation will have plows buzzing at places like Glacier National Park.

The remainder of the Northern Rockies and Northwest will see spits of rain and cool 50s and 60s for high temperatures. The California valleys will slide into the 70s while strong, gusty winds, low humidity, hot lower 100s and long-term dryness will be the recipe for an enhanced fire danger in the Southwest.

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