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Today's Weather Outlook

9 AM EDT, October 28, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Big changes are afoot across the western and central U.S. today and tonight with snow and even some late-season severe storms on the menu. Quieter weather is continuing across the eastern U.S.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Katie Ferrier has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A potent low pressure system will strengthen and pound the northern and central Rockies today with mountain snow, strong winds, and much colder temperatures. Heavy snow will fall in the Northern Rockies with Billings, Mont., Casper, Wyo., and Rapid City, S.D. likely to see accumulating snowfall. This storm will also bring showery weather to the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Southwest. As Artic air moves into the Dakotas and Montana, temperatures will only make it into the 30s and 40s. Highs in the 40s and 50s will be found across the Pacific Northwest, with 50s and 60s in the central Rockies and California Coast.

Severe thunderstorms will make a return to the southern Plains today as the same winter storm will spark severe weather as the right ingredients come together. Storms capable of producing hail and strong winds will rumble across western Kansas this afternoon. Mostly sunny skies will boost temperatures into the 70s and 80s in the southern and central Plains while cooler 40s and 50s will prevail in the northern Plains.

Quiet weather will be the norm in the Northeast except across Upstate New York and New England today, where a few light rain and snow showers will fall as highs warm into the 40s and 50s. In the Great Lakes, highs will be in the 40s and 50s while slightly warmer 60s and 70s are expected in the Central Mississippi Valley and Mid-Atlantic. The Southwest will see sunny skies along with gusty winds, as highs surge into the 70s and 80s.

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