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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 9:30 AM EST, November 16, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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There will be no shortage of spring warmth, downpours, and fresh thunderstorms roaming the Eastern U.S. this weekend. Meanwhile, it will be bitter cold and snow that will have residents of the Northwest, Rockies, and Dakotas heading for the ski slopes or digging out the shovel.

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

Today:

A notable increase in downpours and even a few fresh thunderstorms will develop from southeast Texas to Upper Michigan today. Although the rain will be nothing more than a nuisance for most of today, locally heavy downpours could lead to a bit of flooding from northern Illinois into northern Michigan. On top of that, potent thunderstorms carrying strong winds will bubble across eastern Iowa, northeastern Missouri and parts of Illinois.

The only other weather blemish in an otherwise stellar start to the Eastern U.S.` weekend will be across the Mid-Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and Sunshine State. Early rain will depart in favor of sunny breaks over the Mid-Atlantic, with showers ruining a few outdoor plans along the Gulf Coast and Florida.

There will be no lack of warmth across the Eastern U.S., with the "warm" spots the Deep South and the Sunshine State, topping out in the 70s and lower 80s. Mild 40s and 50s will cover the Upper Midwest to New England, with upper 50s to 60s settling across the Mid-South, Ohio Valley, and Mid-Atlantic today.

It will be a totally different story across the Western U.S., with several inches of snow falling across the Cascades, Rockies, and Montana`s western and central Plains today. Even a few snow flurries may sneak their way into North Dakota by this evening. Across the lower elevations of the Mountain West, as well as the Interstate 5 corridor, it will be a chilly rain.

The cold spots will be along the Rockies, where 20s, 30s and lower 40s will be common. Widespread 40s and 50s will arc from the Pacific Northwest into the Mountain West, while warmer 60s and 70s control California and the big cities of the Desert Southwest today.

Sunday:

The weekend will conclude a wild ride for residents from the Great Lakes and New England to the Gulf Coast as an unusually potent low pressure streaks into the Great Lakes late on Sunday. Ahead of it, downpours and fresh thunderstorms packing mainly a destructive wind threat will tear across the Ohio Valley, eastern Great Lakes, and Mid-South into the Deep South. Detroit to Indianapolis, Nashville, and Birmingham, Ala., to Jackson, Miss., will all need to keep a watchful eye to the sky on Sunday.

In the wake of the same cold front, frigid Canadian air with polar roots will zap the northern Plains and Upper Midwest with light snow and snow showers on Sunday. A few inches of snow will be possible.

Saturday`s winter weather-producer will still bug the Northwest and northern to central Rockies with a bit of mountain snow and chilly valley rain on Sunday.

The only places catching a break from all this active weekend weather will be California, the Southwest and most of the central and southern Plains to close out the weekend.

It certainly won`t feel like November from Texas to Maine, with temperatures ranging from the upper 40s and 50s in the Northern-Tier, to the lower and middle 80s in the Lone Star and Sunshine State on Sunday. The other mild spot will be California and the Southwest, where 60s and 70s will dominate on Sunday. Meanwhile, it will be teens, 20s, 30s, and 40s invading the Rockies, Dakotas and Midwest.

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