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8:30 AM EDT, October 11, 2012

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Big autumn changes will be heading across the West and southern Plains today while the Midwest and Northeast remain cool.

A big autumn storm rolling off the Pacific Ocean will bring showers and thunderstorms to southern California and the Southwest. Downpours embedded in the thunderstorms will soak the Great Basin and the lower Colorado Valley, including the greater Las Vegas area. A few of the higher tips of the southern Sierra will see an outbreak of wet snow.

The same system will trigger a few showers across the southern Rockies and out onto the southern high Plains of west Texas. Returning Gulf of Mexico flow and strong upper-level winds will trigger a few strong thunderstorms by tonight across eastern Oklahoma, western Arkansas and southwestern Missouri. Hail will be possible from these storms.

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The only other area of soggy weather will be across Michigan and the northern Rockies, where a few autumn showers are likely. The East Coast, South, northern and central Plains, Mountain West, and Northwest, will be mostly sunny.

There will be a broad range of high temperatures today ranging from low 90s in extreme southern Texas to low 40s over the Midwest. In between, highs in the 80s will be found from the Desert Southwest into the Southeast and Florida while 70s will be common from California and the Intermountain West eastward into the Southeast. Cooler 50s and 60s will be found across the northern and central Plains, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Appalachians and Northeast.

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