A look at the nation's weather: Snow through Rockies, heat wave south

A major Spring storm moved through the Rockies Wednesday, providing weather more fit for Winter. Snow fell in the Northern Rockies and into the Plains as the storm strengthened, and Winter Storm Warnings were posted for southern Minnesota and adjacent areas of Wisconsin due to the anticipation of up to a foot of new snow in the area by the end of Thursday.

This storm is extending a cool and wet Spring for the Plains and parts of the Midwest. This storm will continue to move into the Plains Thursday, allowing snow to fall from Colorado to Minnesota.

Cool air will filter into the Southern Plains and Southwest, bringing temperatures in the 20s. Freeze Watches are posted for the area.

Meanwhile, another storm along the Gulf Coast swept Gulf of Mexico moisture into the Southeast and Florida.  This moisture provided wet weather in the form of heavy rain and thunderstorms for the southern half of Florida.  This pattern is expected to continue for the next few days as very moist air will continue to stream off the gulf and over the state.

Meanwhile, a building high pressure ridge continued to provide pleasant to warm conditions for California and the Southwest. These warm conditions will continue for the next several days, with some inland areas of Central California experiencing their first triple digit heat of the year. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of 12 degrees at Stanley, Idaho to a midday high of 93 degrees at Wink, Texas.

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