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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 9:30 AM EDT, October 6, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The big weather story this weekend will be the cold rush of air blasting from the Plains to the East. Along with the cold, a bit more snow will blanket the eastern slopes of the Rockies.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

Today:

A fast-moving cold front will sweep through the southern Plains and Mid-South before sweeping off the East Coast later in the evening. A thin band of showers will precede the front from the Northeast to the southern Plains.

In the wake of the front, enough cold air will sweep into the western High Plains and eastern Rocky slopes to produce light snow. Accumulations will be less than 5 inches. Even Denver will squeak out a few flurries but no accumulation is expected.

Sunshine will grace the northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley while the Great Lakes see a mix of rain and snow showers.

Sunshine will be abundant across the West to begin the weekend.

The Rockies will endure the coldest weather with 30s and 40s. Jackets will be needed in the Plains, Great Lakes and Midwest where highs will only warm into the 40s and 50s. Warmer 70s and 80s can be expected along the West Coast, Gulf Coast and up the East Coast.

Sunday:

Jackets will be common east of the Mississippi to end the weekend as a cold, Canadian high pressure builds in Sunday. The only fly in the ointment will be a disturbance pushing from the Mid-Atlantic into the Northeast. This will set off a chilly rain from eastern Kentucky and Tennessee to the Northeast Coast. A few snowflakes could be mixed in across the northern Appalachian ridge and eastern Great Lakes.

Other than a few spits of rain in south Texas and Florida, large stretches of the Central and Western U.S. will remain dry. A weak upper-low swirling off the California coast will produce bleak skies for central and southern California.

Highs will only climb into the 50s and 60s for much of the East with 70s and 80s farther south along the Gulf Coast into Florida and the Carolinas.

The Desert Southwest will see a repeat performance from Saturday with highs in the 80s and 90s. The Interstate 5 corridor will warm into the 60s and 70s with cooler 40s and 50s in the Northwest and through the Rockies.

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