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Today's Weather Outlook

March 14, 2007

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Adam Bell

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In addition to the warm weather, a scattering of showers and thunderstorms will stretch from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast. Across the Northern Plains, temperatures will be on the chilly side as a cold front slides through the region.

Rain will fall across southern Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley for another day as an area of low pressure slowly drifts along the Gulf Coast. A few strong to severe thunderstorms could develop, with the greatest threats being large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. An additional one to two inches of rain should fall, likely leading to further flooding problems.

Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will be pumped through the Tennessee River Valley and into portions of the Ohio Valley, helping to trigger a round of showers and thunderstorms. While rainfall accumulations won`t match what falls in the South, the precipitation will have to be closely monitored for any severe weather development. By the late afternoon and early evening hours, a few bands of rain should move into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

In regard to temperatures, daytime highs will be very uniform and very comfortable. Including the central and southern Plains, Ozarks, Ohio River Valley, Deep South, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, afternoon temperatures will top out in the upper 70s and lower 80s.

A cold front pushing into the northern tier of states will usher in cooler temperatures and bring about a round of snow and rain showers. Holding off until the afternoon, greatest chances for light snow will be found across North Dakota and into central Minnesota. Don`t store those jackets yet, as daytime highs will only manage the 30s and 40s.

Unsettled weather will persist into the Pacific Northwest with rain in the valleys and snow showers into the mountains. At peak heating, temperatures will rise into the 40s and 50s over the Northwest and through the northern Rockies. The remainder of the West should enjoy mostly quiet and partly cloudy weather, with temperatures topping out in the 60s and 70s. The Desert Southwest will see the warmest of the weather, as the mercury will again come close to 90 degrees.

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