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Situation for Noon Eastern Time, Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky yesterday as the eastern half of the U.S. experienced some exceptional weather. A strong cold front extending from Louisiana to Ohio brought heavy rain, thunderstorms, and hail to more than 15 states.

Ahead of this front, tropical air filtered in from the south and skyrocketed temperatures up the Eastern Seaboard. Opening day in Baltimore was greeted with a record high temperature of 86°F. Records were also set in Richmond, Washington, and Philadelphia.

Up here in Cambridge we expect to see warm air move in this morning. Temperatures should rise into the low 60s today before a cold front moves through around noon. Once the front moves through, temperatures will once again drop down into the 40s. The front will also bring some rain with it, but the bulk of the precipitation is expected to stay well south of Cambridge. Severe weather that blossomed over the Appalachians yesterday should not take shape over Massachusetts today. After this front passes, expect to see quieter weather over the next few days with seasonable temperatures.