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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 7:30 AM EST, December 17, 2011

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A fresh blast of seasonably cold air rushes into the Great Lakes and Northeast while spits of rain sprinkle on the Rio Grande Valley and Southwest this weekend. The only other minor weather hiccup will be a few rain and snow showers grazing the Northwest.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

Today:

A rush of chilly air will swoop south from Canada across the Great Lakes into the Northeast to kick off the weekend. Sporadic snow showers will be added to the mix, although any accumulation will be a dusting to a few inches at most.

While much of the East, Plains and West get parked under high pressure and sunshine, a few showers will pepper the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast and Rio Grande Valley. A few more sprinkles will fall from the afternoon sky in extreme southern California and Arizona.

While teens and 20s chill northern New England, 30s and 40s will be more common for the remainder of New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Northern Plains and Mountain West. Highs will swing into the 50s and 60s along the West Coast to the southern fringes of Arizona and New Mexico and from the Central and Southern Plains to the Central Gulf Coast.

Florida will be the warmest spot in the U.S., seeing sunshine and 70s.

Sunday:

The most troublesome spot for weather to close out the weekend will be the Southwest. A few rain and snow showers will blow by the Northwest while the East dazzles in more sunshine.

The stubborn low bringing a few sprinkles to the Southwest Saturday will edge closer into Arizona Sunday, producing more widespread showers in the Southwest and even mountain snow in the Mogollon Rim and Four Corners.

Scattered showers will be mixed with dry periods in south Texas while a cold front scurries across the Northern Tier, bringing rain and snow showers in northern Washington, Idaho and Montana. Otherwise, the West, Plains and East will remain unscathed from any major weather systems.

Highs will stay in the 30s along the Northern Tier and Mountain West. The Northwest will see 40s, while 50s and 60s rule much of California and the Southwest. Places like Kansas City, Mo., Dallas, Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta will see highs in the 50s and 60s, while residents and vacationers in Miami and Tampa, Fla., enjoy comfortable 70s.

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