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9:30 AM EDT, October 12, 2012

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The workweek will end on a stormy note across large stretches of the central U.S. today, all thanks to one big storm system.

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

This autumn storm is making its way across the Rockies, and will trigger a wide variety of weather. Ahead of the main system, the central and southern Plains, as well as the central Mississippi and Tennessee valleys, will see strong-to-severe thunderstorms capable of damaging winds and hail this afternoon. Across the Rockies, heavy rain will be common, with the higher elevations seeing up to 8 inches of heavy snow. Rain and thunderstorms will fade across the Southwest and Great Basin as the storm pushes away. Temperatures here range from the 40s in the Rockies to 70s in parts of the Plains.

A cold autumn rain will also be possible across the Northwest and the Northeast to close out the weekend. Northern Maine could even see a bit of a wintry mix later in the day. Elsewhere, the rest of the U.S. will enjoy some pleasant sunshine.

Autumn temperatures today will be found across the Northeast, Great Lakes, Midwest and Northern Plains, where a chilly breeze and highs in the 40s and 50s will bring out the heavier coats. The East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Plains, northern Rockies, Mountain West and Northwest will see highs in the 60s, with a few 70 degree readings in the northern Rockies and Northern Plains.

The U.S.`s southern tier from New Mexico to Florida, as well as the Carolina coast, will be in the 80s today.

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