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UPDATED 7:15 AM EST, January 13, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Winter`s return will ride the wings of the season`s second arctic blast spreading throughout the eastern U.S. today. The West will continue its quiet and dry winter into the weekend.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Scarves, hats, gloves and winter parkas will be needed everywhere from the Rockies, Great Basin and the northern Plains all of the way into the Tennessee Valley, Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast.

Arctic air streaming deep into the Southeast will produce subfreezing highs as far south as Kentucky and Tennessee. To the north, highs in the single digits and teens will be found throughout the northern Plains, Midwest and upper Mississippi Valley. A biting northwest wind will make it feel even colder, even with plenty of sunshine.

The Northeast, Great Lakes and Appalachians won`t escape unscathed from this bitter blast even as Thursday`s winter storm slowly exits. Highs will hit the 30s and 40s early, followed by plummeting temperatures throughout the afternoon. A biting wind will make it feel even colder.

Lingering snow producing an inch or two of accumulation will fall from the eastern Plains of Ohio and Indiana into the Northeast, including much of the central and northern Appalachians Spine. Heavier snow will fall across northern Indiana, southern Michigan, western and upstate New York and the New England mountains. More than 6 inches of additional snow will fall as lake-effect snow squalls develop today downwind of lakes Michigan, Erie and Ontario.

The southern Plains, South and Southeast won`t be as cold as their northern neighbors, but the arriving dry, winter air will still put a chill in things. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s, with southern Texas and Florida seeing highs in the 60s and approaching 70 degrees.

Once again, the Southwest will be quiet and mild. Bright sunshine will push temperatures into the 60s for places like San Francisco and Phoenix, with Los Angeles and San Diego getting into the 70s. The Northwest will be in the upper 40s and low 50s, but there will be plenty of sunshine.

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