Clear skies and warm temperatures were predicted in the Northeast on Saturday, while a band of thunderstorms was expected in several western states.
The forecast called for storms in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, with gusty wind and large hail being the primary threats.
Storms were predicted to increase in the Southeast as daytime temperatures rise. The heaviest activity was found along the Gulf Coast and in parts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
The storms carried the potential for heavy rain, frequent lightning and powerful wind.
The Plains were also expecting storms, with the Kansas and Nebraska bearing the brunt of the bad weather.
Highs on Saturday were forecast in the 60s and 70s in the Pacific Northwest; the 70s and 80s in the West; the 80s and 90s in the central and northern Plains and the Southeast; and the 90s and 100s in parts of the Southwest.
Temperatures on Friday ranged from a high of 111 degrees in Las Vegas, Glendale, Ariz., and Needles, Calif., to a low of 32 in Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Whitefield, N.H.
On the Net:
National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov
University of Michigan site: http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet
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