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9 AM EST, November 5, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Mother Nature is wasting no time getting ready for the next season coming down the pike. A winter-like storm will traverse the Plains, dumping heavy snow on its northern fringe and showers across the southern Plains. More unsettled weather will take aim at the Northwest, while the East is generally pleasant.

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

Low pressure will strengthen in the southern Rockies today, squeezing out heavy, wet snow early in the day from the Colorado Rockies to the northern and central Plains. Snowblowers will be buzzing this afternoon and evening north of Interstate 70 where up to a half-foot will pummel much of Nebraska into northwestern Iowa. Farther south, umbrellas and rain jackets will be needed from the Southwest into the southern Plains where soggy weather is on the menu.

The low will quickly slide into northern Missouri late in the day. Along and north of its track, the moisture will spread towards the Upper Mississippi Valley. Temperatures will initially be warm enough for rain in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, but a transition to a heavy, wet snow is expected by late-evening.

Meanwhile, a weak moisture wave will slide into the Northwest, bringing light rain to the coast with light snow to the higher Cascades. The only other weather hiccup will be scattered light showers and breezy easterly winds that will spread onto the Carolina and Florida Coast.

Meanwhile, a pair of high pressure systems will bring dry weather to California, the Great Basin and Northern Rockies as well as from the Tennessee and Ohio valleys into New England.

Chilly 20s and 30s will dominate the Cascades, Rockies, Northern Plains and Minnesota Arrowhead today. A few other 30s will chill interior New England while 50s, 60s and 70s take up real estate along both coasts and through much of the Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes.

Southern Texas and Florida will enjoy the warmest weather with highs in the lower 80s.

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