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7 AM EDT, October 3, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The second half of the workweek will usher big changes across a large stretch of the central U.S. and Rockies. The East will remain stuck in lingering summer weather.

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

An autumn storm developing over the western High Plains and Rockies today will spread a menagerie of weather from the northern Rockies to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. With temperatures hovering near freezing all day, a heavy wet snow will fall across the higher elevations of the northern Rockies and Mountain West, likely affecting travel and possibly knocking out power.

Eastward, the same system will bring rain and embedded thunderstorms to the northern Plains, Upper Midwest, central and upper Mississippi Valley, and western Great Lakes. Severe storms producing large hail and damaging winds will be possible across eastern Nebraska and central Iowa, later in the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the 70s and 80s before the rain and storms arrive.

Thunderstorms will also spread across the central Gulf Coast, Lower Mississippi Valley, and Florida this afternoon. These storms could wash-out a few outdoor activities throughout the afternoon and evening. Highs will reach into the 90s before the skies turn threaten later today.

The West and East coasts, along with the Southwest, Texas, southern Rockies, and Southeast, will be locked in autumn sunshine. The warmest temperatures will be in the Southwest and Texas, where 90s will rule the day, but the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic will see temperatures streak into the low-to-mid-80s later today. Even New England will warm into the 70s, which will be a common reading across southern and central California too. The coolest spots will be the Northwest and northern Plains, where cooler air will mean temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

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