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Election Day Weather Outlook

9:45 AM EST, November 6, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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A few weather hiccups will plague the Southeast and northern Plains on Election Day, while afternoon rain aims for the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, tranquil fall weather will be the rule.

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

A batch of showers will race through the Deep South today, making for a soggy trip to the polls from Atlanta to Tampa, Fla. A few rumbles of thunder could even be heard from southern Georgia to South Florida. This afternoon, the same showers will take aim at Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.

This morning could start out with a wintry feel across northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, as a weak disturbance produces a fresh coating of early-season snowfall. The snow will change to afternoon rain showers as it marches toward the Milwaukee and Chicago metro areas.

The only other weather hiccup today will be in the far Northwest, as a Pacific storm comes onshore to spread rain into the Seattle area and northern Cascades by late in the day.

Elsewhere, tranquil and sunny weather will be the rule across much of the U.S. High pressure will bring abundant sunshine to the Northeast and Ohio Valley, although cool temperatures will come along for the ride. Northern New England will be stuck in the 30s, with 40s for southern New England and the Ohio Valley.

A broad upper-level ridge of high pressure will keep the western U.S. sunny and warm today. Sun will reign from the California coast all the way to the Plains, with above-average temperatures widespread. The Rockies and southern Plains will enjoy pleasant 60s and 70s, while the Desert Southwest stays toasty in the 80s and low 90s. Only the Pacific Northwest and northern Plains will see cooler 50s.

Widespread temperatures in the 40s will hold tight across the Great Lakes, with 50s for the Mid-Mississippi Valley. Residents along the Gulf Coast will enjoy highs in the 60s, with 70s in central and south Florida.

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