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UPDATED 9:45 AM EDT, October 6, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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While the Western U.S. revels in plenty of early-October sunshine and a warming trend today, east of the Mississippi River will be anything but stellar in the weather department. Not only will former Tropical Storm Karen`s moisture come crashing ashore along the Gulf Coast, but downpours and fresh thunderstorms will be a mainstay.

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A potent early-season autumn storm system will not only produce a batch of chilly showers and rain for the Upper Midwest today, but ahead of the cold front, it will squeeze out plenty of Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic moisture as torrential downpours and even a few powerful thunderstorms from the Deep South into the Great Lakes and northern and western New England.

In addition to umbrellas and wipers getting quite a workout from Alabama to western Maine, the more organized thunderstorms trekking across Ohio, southeastern Michigan and northwestern Pennsylvania could pack a few incidents of destructive wind gusts and even an a brief tornado. Cities such as Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Ind., could all see a threatening thunderstorm.

As if this weren`t enough, former Tropical Storm Karen will parallel the central and eastern Gulf Coast today. Karen`s primary threat will be flooding downpours. As much as 2 or 3 inches of rain could lead to areas of flash flooding, especially in urban centers where storm drains become clogged with potential debris.

Meanwhile, residents from the High Plains all of the way to the West Coast beaches will be serenaded with plenty of October sunshine and mainly seasonably warm temperatures. The exception to the rule will be across the Wasatch Range and central and southern Rockies, where the mercury will struggle to climb out of the 40s and lower 50s.

Everywhere else across the West will top out in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Even parts of the southern Plains to the Hudson Valley will climb well into the 70s and 80s, with a few steamy 90s not out of the question either.

In contrast, the northern and central Plains, blanketed by up to 2 feet of snow late last week, will only climb into the 30s and 40s, with 50s and 60s blanketing the Great Lakes into New England today.

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