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6:30 AM EST, November 16, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A Pacific system will bring chances for rain from Seattle to central California today as it move closer to shore; elsewhere, much of the U.S. will be dry and sunny. Despite this, Canadian air sinking southward will keep much of the nation east of the Rockies on the cool side.

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

A potent Pacific storm will bring rain into the picture up and down the Pacific Coast for the end of the workweek. Scattered showers will fall in Seattle and Portland, while heavier rain falls along California`s northern coast. Even Central California and the northern Great Basin will see chances for late-day showers as this system slides onshore. As usual, some snow will fall in the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada. Temperature-wise, highs will range from the lower 50s in the Northwest, to the middle-and-upper 60s along coastal California. Warmer weather will be found inland as 70s and 80s grace the Desert Southwest, while chillier air hovers over the mountain areas.

High pressure moving eastward along the Northern Plains will keep much of the rest of the U.S. dry and typically cool for mid-November. Sunshine will stretch from the Dakotas to central Texas, and eastward toward the Eastern Seaboard. The lone exception will be central and southern Florida, which will see a chance for a few passing showers at times.

High temperatures will vary widely to the east of the Rockies. Highs will hit the 40s and 50s in the Northern Plains and Great Lakes. More 40s and 50s will cover the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast as well. If you`re looking for warmer weather, head to the Southern Plains and Southeast where 60s will be the rule. Once again, Florida will be the eastern warm spot with highs in the 70s to low 80s.

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