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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 11 AM EDT, October 12, 2013

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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A front racing across the U.S. will bring stormy weather to the Southern Plains and Mississippi Valley while a few snowflakes fall in the Northern Rockies. The Southwest and Southeast will see sunny skies and warm temperatures.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

Today:

The Central U.S. will see unsettled weather to start off the weekend as a front stretches from the Upper Midwest down to the Southern Plains. Showers will drench the Upper Midwest and Mid-Mississippi Valley while thunderstorms boom in the Southern Plains, with some locations receiving locally heavy downpours. Temperatures in the Upper Midwest will be in the 50s and the Mid-Mississippi Valley will see highs in the 60s. The Southern Plains will stay much warmer with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

The wet weather will not ease in the Mid-Atlantic as scattered showers continue today, which may put a damper on outdoor activities. Likewise, the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies will see a few showers and even a snowflake or two at higher elevations. Temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic will be in the 60s while the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies see highs in the 40s and 50s.

Aside from some passing clouds in the Northeast, the rest of the U.S. will luck out with a plethora of sunshine and great outdoor weather. The Northern Plains and the Rockies will see temperatures in the 40s and 50s, while the Northeast and Mountain West will see highs in the 50s and 60s. The Southeast and Southwest stay will be warm with highs in the 80s, while the California Coast will have temperatures in the 70s.

Sunday:

Residents of the Southern Plains will be forced indoors again on Sunday as thunderstorms continue to rock Texas and Oklahoma. These storms will bring heavy downpours and may even stretch into parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley. Temperatures in the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley will be in the 80s and possibly into the lower 90s.

The Northern Rockies and Northern Great Basin will stay soggy and cool as another round of rain and mountain snow moves in. Temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s, with higher elevations staying on the cooler end of the spectrum.

The rest of the U.S. will see a near carbon-copy of today`s weather, with spotty and light showers in the Mid-Atlantic and clear skies elsewhere. Temperatures in the Northeast, Midwest and Northern Plains will be in the 50s and 60s, while the Southwest and Southeast see highs in the 80s. The Pacific Northwest and Mountain West will be in the 50s and the West Coast remains in the 70s.

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