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[April 20, 2010]  (AP)  Severe weather was anticipated in New England, while most of the Midwest would see rainy conditions Tuesday. 

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A low pressure system had moved off the central Rockies and would strengthen as it moved into the Plains. Flow around this system was expected to pull moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico, as well as warm air from the South. This would create a strong warm front that would extend from the central Plains, over the Mississippi River and up the Ohio River Valley. This front was expected to kick up scattered showers throughout the day, with rainfall totals less than an inch. This storm has a history of producing severe weather, including wind gusts over 60 mph, hail up to 1 inch in diameter and even tornado development. Thus, severe weather was anticipated over New England as this system moved northeastward throughout the day. This system would allow for unseasonably warm air over the region, with some areas of Pennsylvania and New York seeing highs near 80 degrees.

The low pressure system in the center of the country would also pull moisture clockwise around the system and allow for wet conditions over the northern Plains and central and northern Rockies. Western Colorado might see another 3-7 inches of new snow Tuesday, while Montana and Wyoming might see another 1-2 inches. The northern Plains would see cooler conditions with highs in the 40s and a few light showers throughout the day.

Farther West, the backside of this low pressure system would bring drier conditions with windy conditions. The Pacific Northwest might see a few lingering showers in the morning, with gusts up to 25 mph, while California would see sunny skies, with highs returning to the mid-60s and 70s in the south.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday ranged from a low of 12 degrees at Klamath Falls, Ore., to a high of 97 degrees at Fort Stockton, Texas.


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