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Dangerous Storms to Hit Plains and Southern States While Record-Breaking Cold Persists in Northeast

The Plains and South were gearing up for dangerous storms, while the winter-weary Northeast is dealing with bone-chilling cold well into spring.

The Plains and the South were gearing up for dangerous storms Sunday, while winter-weary people in parts of the Northeast were dealing with a bout of record-breaking low temperatures.

Thunderstorms brought large hail to northwest Texas on Sunday, according to The Weather Channel, and downpours and gusty winds are expected in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The storms could also spawn isolated tornadoes.

Severe storms warnings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will remain in effect across the region until late Sunday.

Heavy rainfall will also create dangerous conditions in the southern Plains and the Deep South through Monday, according to the National Weather Service, which anticipates 2 inches of rain in those areas. The Lower Mississippi Valley will be threatened the most as the region has been hit with an inordinate amount of rain since March.

On Monday, Texas, western Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas will be dealing with high winds, heavy rain and possible hail, said Roy Lucksinger, The Weather Channel's principal meteorologist.

The early spring storms are typical in those areas. What isn't typical is the brutal cold that has blanketed the Northeast in early April with little promise of letting up.

Temperatures in the East will remain below normal Sunday night, with some areas seeing below-freezing temperatures, according to the National Weather Service.

Parts of Pennsylvania and Bluefield, West Virginia, set or matched record low temperatures Sunday morning. People in Dubois, Pennsylvania, woke up to 12-degree temperatures, according to The Weather Channel.

The weekend cold ushered in springtime snow in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New Jersey on Saturday, but it will largely melt away come Monday as temperatures get closer to normal in the 40s and 50s. But temperatures in this region and in the Plains and the Upper Midwest could fall again beginning Monday.

A significant, long-lasting warm-up in the east isn't expected until next weekend, according to The Weather Channel.