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Veterans Day Weather Outlook

UPDATED 9 AM EST, November 11, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A fierce storm system departing the Upper Midwest for Canada will cause big weather changes across the Central U.S. for Veterans Day. Heavy-duty winter jackets and a bit of snow will fall across the Rockies and Dakotas, while summer-like storms and heavy rain stretch from the Texas Gulf Coast to Michigan`s Upper Peninsula. Other weather blips will be found across the Northwest and Maine.

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

The transitioning of the autumn season typically brings about massive storm systems. Today will not be any different for those from the Texas Gulf Coast all the way to the Dakotas and the northern Great Lakes. The battle between frigid air pouring into the Dakotas and warm, humid air flowing north from the Gulf of Mexico will trigger a lengthy line of strong thunderstorms and heavy downpours from Texas to Michigan. The main concern will be damaging wind gusts, but large hail and an isolated tornado will also be possible.

The greatest severe weather danger zone includes the Lower Mississippi Valley and eastern Texas, with cities such as Little Rock, Ark., Shreveport, La., and Lufkin and Dallas, Texas, all at risk for these storms.

On the storm system`s cold northwestern flank, a few more inches of fresh snow will blanket the Interstates 29 and 94 corridors. Add in the gusty winds, and travel will be extremely difficult. Even worse, temperatures will struggle to rise out of the teens, sending wind chill values plummeting below zero for the Dakotas and northern Minnesota.

The only other weather blemishes across the U.S. will be a few showers across northern New England and Florida`s Atlantic Coast, with a more organized storm system dumping a band of heavier rain along and west of the Interstate 5 corridor in Washington State and Oregon late in the day.

The rest of the U.S. will see plenty of sunshine and tranquil weather.

Changeable temperatures are expected across the U.S., with the coldest air dropping through the Plains, Mountain West and Rockies. Here, 10s, 20s and 30s will dominate, with 40s, 50s and a few 60s surrounding that along the West Coast arcing into the deserts of the Southwest. On the flip-side, 60s, 70s and 80s will be the rule from Texas to Florida through central New York; 30s, 40s and 50s will be the range from Maine to Massachusetts.

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