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Today's Weather Outlook

8 AM EDT, October 30, 2013

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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A transitional pattern of weather will be apparent today as a throwback to summer thunderstorms is seen in the Plains and a preview of winter snowfall blankets the Rockies. Autumn will make its mark with crisp, comfortable temperatures across much of the U.S.

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

Thunderstorms are roaming the Central and Southern Plains today as a low pressure system slams the Central U.S. with more summer-like weather. Some of these storms will be severe, bringing damaging winds and hail from Dallas, Texas, to Wichita, Kan., and Kansas City. Several thunderstorms will crawl into the Mid-Mississippi Valley as well, putting a damper on any outdoor activities planned.

Residents of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest will want to break out their umbrellas too as midday and afternoon thunderstorms taper off to steady showers from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Minneapolis. Highs will range from the 80s in the Southern Plains to the 60s and 70s in the Central Plains and Mid-Mississippi Valley. The Northern Plains and Upper Midwest will be in the 40s and 50s.

Snowflakes will continue to lightly fall in the Rockies and Intermountain West, adding to the already snow-covered mountain peaks. The heaviest snowfall will be seen at locations in Western Colorado. Temperatures in the Rockies and Intermountain West will be in the 30s and 40s, while lower elevations see highs in the 50s.

The Northeast will see an early-morning winter preview with a few snow showers popping up in northern New York, Vermont and New Hampshire while coastal New England dodges a few raindrops. Skies will open up to a bit of sunshine in the late-afternoon with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

Aside from afternoon and evening showers in the Pacific Northwest, the rest of the U.S. will see a relatively quiet day. Temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes and West Coast will be in the 60s, while the Pacific Northwest stays in the cooler 50s. The Southeast will be much warmer, heating up into the 70s and upper 80s.

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