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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 8:15 AM EST, November 26, 2011

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy

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A storm developing over the central U.S. will bring dramatic changes through the weekend. Rain, snow and gusty winds will create a few travel headaches as people return home after the long holiday weekend.

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

Today:

A cold front is bringing rain and snow to the central U.S. Rain stretches from the Texas Gulf Coast into Wisconsin, with a few embedded thunderstorms possible along the southern Mississippi River Valley later today. This front will usher in big changes, with crisp late November temperatures returning to the northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Light snowfall will invade Minnesota and Wisconsin this afternoon and evening. Flight delays are possible in the busy airports in Chicago and Minneapolis.

The East will enjoy another warm and mainly sunny day, with highs reaching the 50s and 60s in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Mild 70s will be found across the Southeast, with a few spots near 80 degrees along the Gulf Coast.

Most of the West will start the weekend on a sunny note, although Washingtonians will see another round of rain showers and mountain snow. Cool temperatures in the 30s will continue in the mountains, with warmer 40s and 50s across the rest of the Northwest. California and Arizona will have the warmest temperatures, with highs reaching the 60s and 70s.

Sunday:

Rain will soak large stretches of real estate from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast to end the holiday weekend. As the cold front edges east at a steady pace, residents in the East will see their streak of sunny weather come to an end. Meanwhile, another wave of rain and snow will pound the Pacific Northwest.

Along the Atlantic seaboard, temperatures will still be well-above average for late November, with 50s and 60s in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. West of the cold front, chilly temperatures will return to the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys with highs reaching the 40s and 50s. Cooler 30s will be found in the Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes where snow showers are most likely.

Warm 60s and 70s will dominate the sunny Southwest, and a few spots in southern California will tip 80 degrees. The western Plains will be another warm spot, with temperatures in Denver expected to rise into the 60s. Cooler temperatures in the 40s and 50s will be common over the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

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