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UPDATED 8 AM EDT, October 23, 2011

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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The Nation`s Midsection will garner the most weather attention, with a smattering of showers and a few fresh thunderstorms bubbling up for the conclusion of the weekend. The rest of the U.S. will see another quiet ending to an October weekend.

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

A weak moisture-starved storm system rolling along the northern U.S. and Canada border is squeezing out a batch of light nuisance showers from the Dakotas into Minnesota, spreading into the western Great Lakes. It won`t be a washout, but umbrellas and rain gear will be a handy item occasionally for cities like Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wis.

A few dangerous thunderstorms are moving from eastern Texas into the Mid-South and Lower Mississippi Valley. Potential storm impacts include hail and gusty winds for Tyler, Texas, and Shreveport, La., but the silver lining will be the trade-off of early thunderstorms for balmy temperatures and splashes of late-day sunshine.

Aside from a few showers patrolling the Pacific Northwest and South Florida later today, the rest of the U.S. will feature bright-autumn sunshine and enjoyable temperatures for outdoor activities or any leaf-peeping plans spanning the central Plains to Appalachian Spine where the fall colors are approaching its peak intensity.

Toasty temperatures will be found across interior California, the Desert Southwest and Texas Plains into Florida, where the mercury will soar into the 80s and even a few lower 90s. The chilliest air will lie across the U.S. Northern-Tier, with 50s and 60s common from the Pacific Northwest to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Coast. Aside from upper 50s in at the peaks of the Colorado Rockies, the rest of the U.S. will see the thermometer reach into the comfortable 60s and 70s.

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