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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 9 AM EST, November 17, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Wild weather will race across the Mid-South and Ohio Valley while more snow pours into the Northwest to round out the weekend. Meanwhile, cold air will charge into the northern Plains and Great Lakes with Eastern U.S. residents frolicking in spring-like warmth.

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

Soggy weather will greet residents from the Mid-South into the Ohio Valley early today. Unfortunately, it will only be a bad precursor of what is to come this afternoon and evening. A powerful cold front will trigger a potentially damaging outbreak of severe thunderstorms from northern Kentucky to southern and central Michigan, while still-dangerous thunderstorms will parade across the Eastern U.S. from the Deep South all the way to Upstate New York. The biggest threat will be destructive winds, but large hail and a few tornadoes will be possible as well.

Cold air wrapping around the cold front will change rain to heavy snow squalls in the Upper Great Lakes, with a bit of snowfall dusting the ground. Meanwhile, gusty winds will make the weather feel more like December than mid-November in the Minnesota Arrowhead. The northern Plains will see a few flurries with more light snow cresting the northern Cascades.

The only other weather hiccups across the U.S. will be found across the Gulf Coast and Florida, where a smattering of showers and thunderstorms will ruin a few afternoon and evening outdoor plans.

It will be California, the Four Corner`s, and much of the Plains that will revel in mid-November sun and comfortable temperatures today.

Warm 60s and 70s will overspread the southern Plains to the eastern Great Lakes and southern New England today. Not to be outdone, a few spots like Houston, Brownsville, Texas, and Miami will reach into the 80s.

In reverse fashions, the cold front marching through into the Midwest will be the demarcation line for colder air. In its wake, 30s, 40s and 50s will be found from the Northwest across to the northern Plains and east into the Upper Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes.

Sunshine will warm the California Coast and Southwest into the 60s and 70s today.

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