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Dozens of heat records were shattered across the southern corridor of the US yesterday, with more of the same through the weekend as rising temperatures will shift northward. Meanwhile, it still snowing in the west and there is a severe weather threat for the central US and Ohio Valley; plus, more of today’s weather news and forecast.

Summerlike heat over southern corridor next thirty days

A ridge of high pressure sent temperatures soaring over the southern corridor of the US yesterday and that trend will continue through the weekend. Today, at least 20 states will see above-average highs, especially those in the southernmost latitudes which could shatter heat records for late March.

The hottest spots in the nation today will be in southern Texas, where Camargo is expected to reach 102 and Laredo will reach 100. The next hottest locations will be throughout Florida and the southern portions of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia which should all see temperatures hit the low 90s.

More snow in the west, wintry mix in the central US

Snow will continue to fall in the west over portions of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Snowfall will be particularly heavy in the southeast corner of Wyoming and the north-central portion of Colorado. Some snowfall could also occur over western Nebraska.

At least 14 states in the west and over the central US could see a wintry mix today including Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Minnesota.

Severe weather and flooding threat over Midwest, Ohio Valley

Strong thunderstorms are predicted for portions of the midwest and the Ohio Valley, as well as heavy rain bringing the potential for flash flooding.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning there is a potential for severe weather over portions of eastern Kansas, northern Missouri, southern Iowa, and central Illinois.

The NWS has issued a warning of heavy rain and flash flooding possible for portions of central Illinois, northern and central Indiana, central and southern Ohio, northern West Virginia, and southwestern Pennsylvania.

Today’s US highs

West: San Francisco 57 Los Angeles 67, Reno 48, Las Vegas 62, Salt Lake City 43, Denver 46.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 48, Portland 56, Boise 49, Billings 50, Cheyenne 35, Bismarck 54, Rapid City 45.

Southwest: Phoenix 65, Albuquerque 60, El Paso 75, San Antonio 89, Brownsville 91.

Central and Upper Midwest: Lubbock 83, Dallas 83, Oklahoma City 85, Kansas City 67, Minneapolis 56, Madison 55.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 50, St. Louis 73, Detroit 50, Cincinnati 65, Indianapolis 58.

South: Houston 90, New Orleans 86, Little Rock 83, Memphis 78, Nashville 81, Birmingham 85, Jackson 87, Atlanta 85, Charlotte 82, Jacksonville 91, Tampa 92, Miami 82.

East: Norfolk 76, Washington, D.C. 69, Buffalo 50, New York 66, Boston 59, Bangor 39.