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A storm system more reminiscent of spring than the dead of winter will besiege the South with severe thunderstorms and torrential flooding rain Friday and Saturday. The Arklatex and the Gulf Coast are expected to face the brunt of the severe weather, where violent straight-line winds, large hail, and dozens of tornadoes are expected. The upper-air energy responsible for the violent weather originated in the Pacific Ocean and only approached the northern California coast Thursday morning with scattered rain and snow showers. That nuisance area of precipitation will undergo a rapid transformation as the supporting area of upper-level energy intensifies over California and the Desert Southwest through Thursday night. The precipitation will largely dissipate but the supporting upper-level system will nonetheless deepen into a highly amplified trough. New area of low pressure will develop over Texas early Friday with the approach of this vigorous Pacific system.The rain will begin Thursday…