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7 AM EDT, October 5, 2012

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Another day of big transitions is on tap across the U.S. as the week concludes and the Columbus Day weekend begins.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

It will feel like more like November instead of October across a large stretch of the northern Rockies and northern and central Plains today. A cold front moving through the nation`s midsection will allow the season`s first arctic air to dive southward. Today's highs, even with plenty of sunshine, will barely reach the freezing mark across the northern Rockies, with 40s common across most of the Northern Plains and Midwest, with mid 50s found in Central Plains and central Mississippi Valley. Some light snow will be possible in northern Wyoming and extreme northern Minnesota.

The same cold front bringing the cold weather to the Midwest will extend from northern Texas into the eastern Great Lakes today. This corridor will be mostly cloudy with gusty autumn winds and pockets of autumn showers. Highs here will be in the lower 60s.

The southern tier of the U.S. from southern California eastward into the Carolinas, including the Desert Southwest, Texas and the Gulf Coast, will see highs in the 80s and low 90s. A few thunderstorms will be possible in Florida later in the day.

New England, Mid-Atlantic, central Appalachians and Ohio Valley will have one more day of upper 70s and low 80s before the cold front arrives in time for the weekend. The other corner of the nation, the Northwest and Intermountain West, will be sunny with seasonal 60s and low 70s.

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