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A powerful storm of Pacific origin is brewing over the Western US Thursday. The storm will produce a narrow but long swath of heavy snow and ice stretching from the southern Plains to the Great Lakes. This same storm system is also expected to produce a severe weather outbreak over the South-Central US. The storm will be so dynamic that parts of the Southern Plains will be threatened by both severe weather and winter weather. Spring-like warmth and copious quantities of moisture are expected to pour from the Gulf of Mexico into the Southern and Central US Friday as low pressure intensifies over the Arklatex. Arctic cold over the Northern Plains will act like a wall against the oncoming subtropical air mass. Where the warmth encounters no hurdles, torrential downpours from thunderstorms will produce areas of flash flooding and river flooding. In the South-Central US, these storms will become severe,…