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[April 03, 2012]  (AP)  A storm will roll out of the Rockies and into the Plains Tuesday, providing the most active weather in the country.

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This storm will pull Gulf of Mexico moisture northward into the southern Plains and Mississippi Valley, producing widespread rain and thunderstorms in the region. As is normal for this time of year, this type of storm will be capable of producing severe thunderstorms. Thus, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a warning for a slight chance of severe weather in eastern Teas and Oklahoma. This means these thunderstorms will be capable of producing strong wind, heavy rain and large hail. There is also the threat of tornadoes, so residents in the area should monitor their local weather conditions and be prepared to take cover if severe weather arises.

Meanwhile, a Pacific storm will slam into the Northwest, renewing rain and high-elevation snow from Washington through central California. This precipitation will spread across Washington and Oregon in the morning, while waiting to hit California until the late afternoon through the early morning hours of Wednesday. California experienced a dry winter, thus any additional spring precipitation is good news for the Golden State.

The Northeast will remain dry for another day with mild temperatures in the 40s, 50s and some 60s.

The Northeast will rise into the 40s and 50s, while the Southeast will see temperatures in the 70s, 80s and some 90s in Florida. The southern Plains will rise into the 70s and 80s, while the high elevations of the Rockies will see temperatures only in the 30s and 40s.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday ranged from a morning low of 3 degrees at Stanley, Idaho, to a high of 92 degrees at Edinburg, Texas.

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