Dangerous storms to hit plains and southern states while record-breaking cold persists in Northeast

Spring Freeze: How Long Will It Last?
Spring Freeze: How Long Will It Last?

The Plains and South were gearing up for dangerous storms Sunday, while winter-weary people in parts of the Northeast were dealing with a bout of record-breaking low temperatures.

Thunderstorms bringing hail and gusty winds are expected in northwest Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri on Sunday, according to Weather.com. The storms could also spawn isolated tornadoes.

Heavy rainfall will also create dangerous conditions in the southern Plains and Deep South through Monday, according to the National Weather Service, which anticipate 2 inches of rain in these areas. The Lower Mississippi Valley will be threatened the most as the region has been hit with an inordinate amount of rain since March, according to Weather.com.

ON Monday, Texas, western Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas will be dealing with high winds, heavy rain and possible hail, said Roy Lucksinger, The Weather Channel's principal meteorologist.

The early spring storms are typical in these areas.

What isn't typical is the brutal cold that has blanketed the Northeast in early-April with little promise of letting up.

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Temperatures in the east will remain below normal on Sunday night, with some areas seeing below freezing temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

Parts of Pennsylvania and Bluefield, West Virginia, set or matched record low temperatures Sunday morning. People in Dubois, Pennsylvania, woke up to 12 degree temperatures, according to Weather.com.

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The weekend cold ushered in springtime snow in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey Saturday, but it will largely melt away come Monday as temperatures get closer to normal in the 40s and 50s on Sunday. But temperatures in this region and in the Plains and Upper Midwest could fall again beginning Monday.

A significant, long-lasting warm-up in the east isn't expected until next weekend, according to Weather.com.

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