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System to Deliver Showers to West, Storms to Plains

A new system moving into the West this week will spread showers over the region before raising the severe weather threat in the Plains.

It does not look like the system will bring any meaningful rain to the drought-stricken West, but it will still cause people to reach for their umbrellas on occasion.

Dry weather will be the rule though for the first part of the week in the West with the exception of a few showers over the mountains of California.

This will change heading into the middle of the week as the storm system moves in, spreading spotty showers from Seattle to San Francisco and down into Southern California.

These showers shouldn't cause much in terms of travel delays, but the cloudy and wet weather will not bode well for those planning to enjoy time in the outdoors.

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Some snow may also fall over the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada, but should remain above pass level.

Snow totals over the mountains are forecast to only be a few inches, having virtually no impact on the historically low snow levels in the Sierras this year.

Looking ahead to the latter part of the week, the storm system will traverse across the Rocky Mountains and bring the threat of severe weather to the Plains.

Right now, it appears as though the storms will target an area covering much of Texas as well as the lower Mississippi River Valley.

Dallas, Lubbock and San Antonio, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Oklahoma City could all have a round of severe storms from this system.

Continue to check back with AccuWeather.com as the week progresses for more information concerning the threat of severe weather in the southern Plains.