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Today's Weather Outlook

7 AM EDT, October 25, 2012

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Big changes are afoot across the U.S. heading for the latter half of the workweek. Tastes of spring, autumn and winter are all on the menu.

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

An autumn cold front and storm system pushing into the Upper Midwest will bring stormy skies throughout the day from Oklahoma to the western Great Lakes. Rumbles of thunder will accompany waves of showers riding just ahead and along the front, with gusty winds ushering in cooler temperatures behind it. Temperatures ahead of the front will make it into the upper 70s and lower 80s with temperatures in the 40s and 50s behind it.

Even colder weather will be found in the western High Plains and northern Rockies, where highs will only be in the 30s, with the mountains being in the upper 20s today. A Pacific storm system will bring mountain snow to the higher central and northern Rockies and Mountain West, while rain will fall in the Northwest. Highs in the Northwest will be in the 50s.

It will definitely feel more like late-spring instead of mid-autumn across the South and East. Highs will jump into the lower 80s from Texas, the Gulf Coast and northern Florida northward into the Ohio Valley and southern Mid-Atlantic under mostly sunny skies. The eastern Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and northern Appalachians will be in the 70s. Cooler 50s and 60s will be found in the Northeast.

Quiet weather will be found across the Southwest, southern Rockies and the southern and central Plains. Temperatures will range from the 50s across the Plains and southern Rockies to 70s and 80s in the Southwest and western Texas.

Finally, southern Florida will feel the effects of Hurricane Sandy, with gusty winds and rain squalls rolling in off the Atlantic later in the day. Here is the latest information on the Sandy`s potential threat to Florida.

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