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UPDATED 10 AM EST, December 2, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Even with the arrival of meteorological winter, the weather across most of the U.S. won`t be reflective of the first full weekend in December. The only hint of winter will be found in the highest Western U.S. mountains and in northern New England today.

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

Yet another powerful Pacific storm system will squeeze out drenching rain, potentially damaging wind gusts, and mountain snow from the West Coast all of the way into the northern Rocky Front Range and Wyoming Tetons today. While the snow will be measured in feet across the highest mountain passes, the repeated bursts of heavy rain will fuel a growing flash flood and significant landslide threat from California into Oregon and Washington State.

The only other "taste" of wintry weather across the U.S. will be found in northern New England, albeit it will be a short-lived event. A mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain will quickly transition to a few nuisance showers this afternoon across northern and western Maine. Not to be outdone, a few very un-December-like thunderstorms could pop up in the Lower Ohio Valley; other showers will surround that from the western Tennessee Valley to Upstate New York.

Other than a few isolated showers floating across the Florida Atlantic and Texas Gulf Coasts, the biggest weather news across the U.S. will be the flood of un-December-like warmth.

Even despite the two stormy areas, temperatures will be unseasonably mild across all of the U.S. A few upper 30s will creep into the Northern Tier, while 40s and 50s stretch from California and the Northwest all the way to New England. The rest of the U.S. will see 60s, 70s and even a few more low 80s will pop up in south Texas and Florida.

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