East Expecting Widespread Storms
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The Northeast was bracing for thunderstorms Thursday that carried the potential for powerful wind and large hail, while a cold front was predicted to roll into the Plains.
A frontal boundary was expected to spawn several thunderstorms in the East, from New England to the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.
The main threat was an area that stretched from New Jersey to the lower Tennessee Valley. Storms in those areas were capable of producing large hail, winds in excess of 60 mph and a few isolated tornadoes.
In the middle of the country, a low-pressure system in Canada was expected to drag a cold front into the northern Plains, triggering a few showers. The rest of the Plains was expecting mostly sunny and dry conditions, with a few winds hitting 20 mph.
Showers were forecast in the northern Rockies and parts of the Pacific Northwest. Wind gusting to 35 mph was expected in the northern Rockies.
The remainder of the West was to see generally partly cloudy and dry conditions with high pressure centered near the Four Corners area.
High temperatures on Thursday were forecast in the 60s and 70s in the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, New England, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions; the 70s and 80s on the East Coast; the 80s and 90s in the Plains and southern Rockies; and the 90s and 100s in the Desert Southwest.
Temperatures in the continental United States on Wednesday ranged from 30 degrees in Big Piney, Wyo., and Silver Bay, Minn., to 111 degrees in Palm Springs, Calif.
On the Net:
National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov
University of Michigan site: http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet