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Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, October 03, 2013.

A low pressure system will generate wet weather over the Great Basin on Thursday, and the Midwest may experience severe thunderstorms due to a pair of low pressure systems over the region.

The Pacific Northwest coast will get a break from precipitation on Thursday as low pressure propagates out of the area and to the east. Rain will likely persist in eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and throughout the Great Basin.

A strong low pressure system will provide rain and periods of heavy snow to the Rockies. One to two feet of snow will be possible at higher elevations, while mountain valleys at lower elevations will not experience as much snow accumulation. Gusty winds will also occur, especially along western facing mountain slopes. Moisture coming off of the Rockies will feed right into the central and upper Midwest, as rain and thunderstorms will cover the area. Nebraska and Iowa will be closely monitored on Thursday as severe weather will threaten the two states. Thunderstorms will also linger along eastern Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley throughout Thursday.

A cold front will move across parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states on Thursday, which will likely push rain and thunderstorms into the Ohio Valley. Precipitation may even reach as far north as Pennsylvania and New York, but will stay mostly inland. The majority of the East Coast will remain clear of wet weather on Thursday as a ridge of high pressure continues to build off of the coast of the Carolinas. An onshore flow off of the Atlantic Ocean may trigger spotty showers and thunderstorms over the southern tip of Florida.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of 21 degrees at Baker, Ore. to a high of 93 degrees at Weslaco, Texas

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