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Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 3 at 3:36 AM

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, April 03, 2014

The mid-Mississippi River Valley will remain under a moderate risk for severe weather development on Thursday. A low pressure system strengthens over the souther Plains and pulls warm and moist air northward from the Gulf of Mexico. This will allow for showers and thunderstorms to develop across the Eastern states from Louisiana through Ohio. Some of these storms will turn severe with strong winds, large hail, and possibly a few tornadoes. If severe storms develop, they will most likely occur anywhere from Arkansas through western Kentucky and southern Illinois. Damaging hail is likely as this system has a history of producing quarter to half dollar size hail. Rainfall totals with this system will range from 1 to 2 inches, with up to 3 inches possible in areas of severe weather development. Thus, flood advisories will remain in effect for the region. At the same time, the northern side of this system will allow for a strong winter storm to move through the Upper Midwest. The system that brought moderate late-season snow to South Dakota will advance eastward into Minnesota and Wisconsin. A winter weather advisory has been issued across southern Minnesota through Wisconsin, with snowfall totals expected to range from 6 to 12 inches on Thursday. Snowfall will be heaviest Thursday evening into Friday morning. Strong, gusty winds up to 25 mph will create dangerous roads and travel conditions with possible white outs. Please take caution while driving and only go out on the roads if necessary.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of -9 degrees at Hallock, Minn. to a high of 82 degrees at Farmville, Va.

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