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Columbus Day Weather Outlook

8 AM EDT, October 8, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A big Central U.S. warm-up, more Atlantic Seaboard chilly showers and thunderstorms, and a bit of wet weather will all be on the Columbus Day weather agenda across the Lower 48 states.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

A chilly light rain will interrupt outdoor plans, as well as make for a dismal return for those going to work and school along the Interstate 95 corridor in the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas today. Even a few pesky showers and thunderstorms will greet not-so-sunny Sunshine State residents on Columbus Day. The difference will be the temperature department, where mainly 50s mixed in with a few higher elevation middle-and-upper 40s will rule the former; seasonable 70s and 80s will blanket Florida to South Carolina.

Like the Atlantic Seaboard, a fast-moving disturbance with Canadian roots will squeeze out a chilly rain along and north of the Interstate 94 corridor stretching from Montana to western Wisconsin. It won`t be a washout, but umbrellas and rain gear will be handy items to have nearby for cities such as Minneapolis and Duluth, Minn., Bismarck and Fargo, N.D., and Marquette, Mich.

The mercury will come to a grinding halt thanks to all the cloud cover and rain, only topping out in the 40s to around 50 degrees, with a few lower to middle 50s expected in southern Montana and much of Wisconsin.

The rest of the U.S. will finally dry out, with much of New England, the West Coast and Plains into the Mid-South and Ohio Valley enjoying quiet weather today.

The good news is temperatures will rebound quickly across much of the Plains and Mississippi Valley today, where 60s and 70s will be common. The West Coast and Desert Southwest arcing along the Gulf Coast will see highs in the 70s and 80s, with a few lower 90s popping up over southern Arizona and southeastern California. In stark contrast, the Rockies and Ohio Valley to New England will only rise into the 50s to near 60 degrees despite plenty of sunshine.

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