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Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Wet weather will move through the Southwest and Great Basin on Thursday, while a ridge of high pressure is expected to build over the lower Mississippi Valley.

A cold front will approach the Pacific Northwest coast early on Thursday, pushing moderate rain into Washington and Oregon. Gusty winds will also accompany this front as it inches into the region. The Great Basin will also experience wet weather on Thursday as a low pressure system triggers rain and snow showers over the Rockies. The central Rockies will receive the most snow, while little to no precipitation is expected in the northern Rockies. Snowfall totals for the central Rockies will range from 5 to 10 inches above 9,000 feet, with 4 to 8 inches likely below 9,000 feet. Just to the south, a cold front is expected to to pass over Arizona and New Mexico, as light to moderate showers will dampen the two states. Spotty showers may also linger in southeast California during the first half of Thursday.

Just to the east of the Rockies, a low pressure system will ignite strong to severe thunderstorms over the central and northern Plains. States that may experience severe thunderstorms include South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma,and the northern tip of Texas. The strongest thunderstorms will likely develop Thursday afternoon.

A ridge of high pressure will build over the Mississippi Valley on Thursday, bringing warm, humid conditions to the lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast. The upper Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley can expect slightly cooler conditions, but will also avoid precipitation. Meanwhile along the East Coast, a low pressure system will continue to drive showers and thunderstorms into the Mid-Atlantic states.

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Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of 15 degrees at West Yellowstone, Mont. to a high of 87 degrees at Falfurrias, Texas

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