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Several rounds of severe weather will pass through the southern plains and the south today, bringing the risk of heavy rain, flooding, hail, damaging winds, and potential tornadoes; plus, it’s still snowing in the west – and more of today’s weather news and forecast.

Several rounds of severe storms today

A large swath of the southern plains, the south, and the southeast will see severe thunderstorms today as several rounds of severe weather will pass through. The affected area spans from Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma, east to the Carolinas, northward into portions of Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of severe weather and the risk of flooding over portions of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

Round one of the storms begins between 5 AM and 11 AM moving in from the southwest. Round two of the storms occurs in the midafternoon and into the evening.

Areas of most concern: Have storm shelters prepared

The areas of most concern are almost the entire state of Tennessee from Knoxville westward, the Ozarks in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas, the northern half of Mississippi and Alabama, and northwestern Georgia.

Damaging winds are possible in these areas up to 60 miles per hour, with it the threat of hail and isolated tornadoes.

Authorities in these areas have warned people to have their storm shelters prepared.

Snow continues to fall in the west

Spring may be here but Mother Nature hasn’t received the memo.

Several areas of the west will still experience snowfall today including portions of Washington, Oregon, northern California, and particularly heavy along the Sierra, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado.

Across the country, other areas will see mixed precipitation and a possibility of snow including Nevada, the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, northern Michigan, and Maine.

Today’s US highs:

West: San Francisco 55, Los Angeles 64, Reno 46, Las Vegas 72, Salt Lake City 57, Denver 63.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 50, Portland 49, Boise 48, Billings 49, Cheyenne 55, Bismarck 53, Rapid City 59.

Southwest: Phoenix 78, Albuquerque 67, El Paso 76, San Antonio 92, Brownsville 91.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 76, Dallas 85, Oklahoma City 69, Kansas City 57, Minneapolis 50, Madison 50.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 44, St. Louis 49, Detroit 45, Cincinnati 57, Indianapolis 53.

South: Houston 86, New Orleans 85, Memphis 71, Atlanta 68, Charlotte 63, Jacksonville 88, Tampa 86, Miami 81.

East: Norfolk 57, Washington, D.C. 59, Buffalo 45, New York 57, Boston 53, Bangor 40.