Expect heavy snow Thursday in the Northern Lakes, rain and storms for the Lower Lakes and Midwest, severe storms likely in the Mississippi River Valley and a new front is approaching the West Coast. / USA TODAY
A massive storm will slam the central U.S. with a variety of wild weather Thursday, from tornadoes to heavy snow. The west and East Coasts should see a quiet day.
Central U.S.: Severe storms, including large hail, powerful winds and tornadoes, will thrash the Central Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley on Thursday. Heavy rain and thunderstorms will also swamp much of the rest of the central Plains, southern Great Lakes and Deep south.
Heavy snow will pelt the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes, with as much as a foot possible in some spots.
East Coast: Though on the cloudy side, most of the East will stay dry and mild on Thursday, though some light showers could dampen the Mid-Atlantic.
West: Most of the western U.S. will see a dry, clear day, though some showers will soak the Pacific Northwest coast.
Weather history for April 3: In 1974, the "Super Tornado Outbreak" hit the eastern U.S., spawning 148 tornadoes that killed more than 300 people across 13 states. It was the USA's worst tornado outbreak ever in a 24-hour period.
In 1987, a spring snowstorm dumped the latest snow on record in several southern cities, including Mobile, Jackson and Birmingham. In 2010, the temperature soared to a record 84 degrees in Buffalo.
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