Thu Apr 3, 2014 02:35 PM CDT

Thunderstorms with heavy rain were noted in the southern and eastern Midwest Thursday afternoon. A volatile air-mass conflict brought on numerous severe weather threats as well, with tornado watches in effect from central Texas to southern Illinois. Meanwhile a mix of rain and snow extended from the southwestern Plains to the northern Great Lakes. Dry conditions covered the rest of the primary U.S. and Canadian Prairie crop regions. Temperatures ranged from the mid-20s in southern Manitoba to the low 90s in southwestern Texas. Southwest Plains areas also logged very strong winds which created further dry-weather stress.

Moderate to heavy rain ...

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