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UPDATED 7:45 AM EST, January 5, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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The quiet winter seen across the U.S. continue today. The only trouble will be in the Northwest, across the Great Lakes and along the Texas Gulf Coast.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A ferocious storm system moving into western Canada will drag a cold front into the Pacific Northwest. Ahead of this system, heavy valley rain and mountain snow will fall from western Washington to Montana. Snowfall amounts could approach a foot in the highest elevations by the end of today.

Meanwhile, a pesky low-pressure system in southeastern Canada will maintain some light snow showers along the shores of the Great Lakes. Snowfall will be just a nuisance, with 1 to 3 inches by the end of the day.

The only other area of concern is along the western Gulf Coast, where an upper-level low will spin across south Texas and toward the shore. This will draw some Gulf moisture onshore and lead to occasional showers from Brownsville, Texas, to Morgan City, La. Further inland, splashes of sunshine will reign supreme.

Otherwise, dry weather will remain in place from coast-to-coast as high pressure centers dominate and bring bright early-January sunshine.

Temperatures will be unseasonably mild for a large stretch of the U.S., particularly in the West and South. Across California, the mercury will climb into the 70s and 80s, with 60s and 70s common from the Dakotas to Texas and from the Mid-South to Florida. The coldest spots in the U.S. will be across the Northwest and Northeast, where 30s and 40s will be found.

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