Showers and thunderstorms were forecast from the Plains to the Appalachians on Wednesday as a storm system in the upper Midwest pushes eastward, while storms targeted parts of the West.

Severe weather — including damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes — was possible in the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley, especially during the afternoon and evening.

In the West, pockets of showers and thunderstorms were forecast for the Intermountain West and Rockies. Rain could mix with snow in the northern Rockies.

Rain was expected to increase throughout the day as a storm system sagged southeast from British Columbia and a low pressure system developed in the central Great Basin. California, however, was likely to see another mild and sunny day.

Warm and sunny weather was also forecast across much of the East, although rain was expected to develop over portions of the Northeast and northern Mid-Atlantic by Wednesday night.

Showers and thunderstorms were forecast from the Plains to the Appalachians on Wednesday as a storm system in the upper Midwest pushes eastward, while storms targeted parts of the West.