The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: May 10, 2012 4:59 AM
The nation's weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, May 10, 2012.

Heavy rain showers will spread across Texas on Thursday, as a low pressure system moves through the Southern Plains. The system will strengthen as it obtains moisture and energy in from the Gulf of Mexico. This will allow for heavy rains and severe thunderstorms to develop across most of Texas throughout the day. Flash flooding is likely across parts of central and southern Texas, as rainfall totals may exceed 3 inches. There is a slight chance of severe weather development for the region with threats of large hail, strong and damaging winds, as well as a few tornadoes.

In the East, a strong cold front that brought heavy rains to the Eastern Seaboard will advance eastward and into the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, expect dry and quiet weather to return to most of the East Coast. However, rain showers will linger over the extreme Northeast, as a low pressure system slowly pulls away from the region. Heaviest rainfall is likely over Maine on Thursday with rainfall totals ranging from 2 to 3 inches.

In the West, a cold front continues moving through the Northwestern corner of the nation. This will create windy conditions across the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain West, and Northern Rockies. Onshore flow behind this system may produce some rain showers with snow showers possible at highest elevations. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of 23 degrees at Leadville, Colo. to a high of 99 degrees at Palm Springs, Calif.