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Today's Weather Outlook

9 AM EDT, October 15, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A cold front stretching from Canada to the Gulf Coast will bring chances for showers and thunderstorms from the Appalachians eastward today. In the wake of the front, temperatures will warm up in the nation`s midsection while more rain keeps the Northwest soaked.

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

The approach of a cold front along with plenty of available moisture across the eastern third of the U.S. will mean a wide area of scattered showers and thunderstorms. Rain and storms will stretch from New Orleans to Boston, with a wide range of temperatures across the East. There will even be a chance for severe thunderstorms in the Mid-Atlantic as the cold front slides eastward.

Highs will only warm to the 50s in the eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley as clouds and showers keep things cool and dreary. The Northeast will be rather mild with highs hitting the 60s and 70s from Maryland to Maine. Farther south, temperatures will range from the mid-70s to upper 80s across the Deep South, the Southeast, and Florida.

For dry and pleasant weather, the Great Plains will be a good bet today. High pressure sliding through the central U.S. will keep temperatures rather warm and skies quite sunny. Highs will hit the middle-to-upper 60s in the Dakotas, with 70s and 80s in the central and southern Plains. Much of Texas will hit the middle 80s for highs.

Heading west, more rain will fall in the Pacific Northwest from Seattle and Portland, eastward through Montana. Highs will range from the 60s along the coast, to the lower 70s in the Intermountain West. Moving into California, the northern coast will hit the lower 70s under partly sunny skies, while the heat returns to interior and southern California. High will range from the lower 80s to the lower 90s from Sacramento to Los Angeles. The Desert Southwest will be sunny and warm as well, with highs in the 80s and 90s from Las Vegas to Phoenix.

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