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9:30 AM EST, November 29, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy

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A massive Pacific storm will bring drenching rain and mountain snow to much of the West Coast today, while most of the rest of the U.S. will enjoy tranquil weather and generally warm temperatures.

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

The western U.S. coast will be in the crosshairs of a massive Pacific storm lumbering toward British Columbia. Several inches of rain will occur from Washington`s Olympic Peninsula down to Crescent City and Eureka, Calif.

To make matters even worse, the heavy rain will be accompanied by strong winds which could rip down trees that still contain leaves. The strongest winds will be felt on exposed ridges above 2,000 feet. In the higher elevations of northern California`s Sierra Nevada and Idaho`s Sawtooth Mountains, heavy wet snow will impose its will, making travel dangerous to impossible.

Elsewhere in the U.S., there will only be a couple minor weather hiccups. A weak clipper-type system racing across southern Canada will bring a quick dusting of snow to northern New York and northern New England. South Texas will see a few clouds and spotty showers.

The rest of the nation will experience quiet weather. A large swath of high pressure will bring sunny skies for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Plains and Mountain West.

The coolest spot will be along the Northern Tier, where temperatures will only rise to the 20s and 30s in the western Great Lakes and northern Plains. Cool 30s will extend into New England.

Widespread 40s and 50s will extend from the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast all the way to the Pacific coast. Meanwhile, the warmest locations will be in the South, where pleasant 60s and 70s will be found from Florida to the Desert Southwest and southern California.

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