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8:15 AM EDT, October 22, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The cold air invading the northern tier early this week will swoop into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast today. Meanwhile, the sunny and warm pattern will continue full throttle in the West.

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

A chunk of Canadian air slicing through the Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes will swing into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast today. A thin line of showers will precede the front from Pennsylvania into New England followed by temperatures cooling into the 40s and 50s. A few late-evening snowflakes will even brush far northern New England on the heels of the front.

Ahead of the Eastern cold front, scattered showers will pepper the Deep South, although these will be short-lived and won`t interrupt outdoor plans. Warmer 70s will be found from Richmond, Va., to the Gulf Coast with 80s south of Jacksonville, Fla.

Another weak low pressure area following the front will bring a rain and snow mix to the Midwest today. Although the snow won`t stick to the ground, places like Chicago, Indianapolis and Des Moines, Iowa, will be greeted by a quick taste of winter as highs struggle to reach 40 degrees. Farther north, the Northern Plains to western Great Lakes will shiver in the 30s and 40s with clouds breaking for afternoon sun.

The Plains will be divided between the cooler 30s and 40s north of Interstate 70 to warmer 60s and 70s from Kansas to Texas with dry weather expected. Meanwhile, a strong high pressure will bring warm weather to the West. Under plenty of sunshine, highs will climb well into the 60s through the Rockies with 70s and 80s from the Northwest Coast into the Southwest.

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