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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 9 AM EDT, October 22, 2011

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A sunshine-filled blue sky and comfortable temperatures will be on tap for most of the U.S. for this weekend. The Pacific Northwest, Plains and Great Lakes will want to keep an umbrella and rain gear nearby.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

Today:

One moisture-starved weak storm system will streak along the U.S. and Canada border for the start of the weekend, meaning a few pop-up showers and rumbling embedded thunderstorm will sweep across the Dakotas and into northwestern Minnesota. Although it won`t be a washout by any stretch, rain gear and umbrellas will be occasionally handy items. While not widespread, a few dangerous thunderstorms will bubble up along the Interstate 35 and 40 corridors from northeastern Texas to western Arkansas. The thunderstorms will pack a punch with gusty winds and hail for residents from Tyler, Texas, to Tulsa, Okla., and Fort Smith, Ark.

While a second storm system will shift inland into the Pacific Northwest, bringing gusty showers and a rumble of thunder to residents along the Interstate 5 corridor, the rest of the U.S. will be free of rain and feature a deep blue sky. Even more impressive, the vibrant late-October sunshine will mean comfortable temperatures and viewing fall colors enjoyable from the California shores all the way to the East Coast.

The autumn chill will be relegated to the U.S. Northern-Tier, where the thermometer will only manage the 50s and 60s from the Pacific Northwest to New England and the Mid-Atlantic. High temperatures will spike into the upper 80s and lower 90s across interior southern California and the Desert Southwest, with 70s and 80s spanning the U.S. Southern-Tier. Aside from upper 50s along the peaks of the Rockies, everywhere else will see pleasant 60s and 70s.

Sunday:

The same storm system affecting the Nation`s Heartland to start the weekend will bring its moisture into the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest on Sunday. It will remain moisture-starved, only generating a mere smattering of short-lived showers whipping across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Not only will it pose a shower threat for the U.S. Northern-Tier, but it will also kick-off a few thunderstorms for eastern Texas and western Arkansas and Louisiana.

The only other weather spotlight will be shining bright from the Pacific Northwest into the western High Plains to conclude the weekend. It won`t be a washout, but it will end the weekend on a sour and soggy note for residents from Oregon and Washington to central Montana. Otherwise, the rest of the U.S. will marvel in bright late-October sunshine to conclude the weekend on a quiet note.

Widespread 50s and 60s will grace residents from the Pacific Northwest to New England, while balmy 70s, 80s and a few lower 90s stretch from the California shores all the way to the Carolinas and Florida. The Great Basin to Mid-Atlantic will see the mercury rise into the comfortable 60s and 70s on Sunday.

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