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8:15 AM EST, December 4, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Following a short reprieve from the rain and mountain snow, a fresh storm will bring more stormy weather to the Northwest. A cold front will bring rain and a few rumbles of thunder to the Midwest and Mississippi Valley while the East enjoys near record warmth.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A strong low pressure off the British Columbia coast will swing another cold front to the Northwest Coast today. Moisture ahead of it will be squeezed out as heavy rain along the coast and Interstate 5 corridor. Meanwhile, heavy snow will fall in the Cascades where up to a foot of accumulation will add to the two to four feet already on the ground. Southerly winds will gust to 70 mph at times, making travel difficult east of Interstate 5 in Oregon.

Rain jackets, umbrellas and windshield wipers will get good use in the Midwest and Mississippi Valley where a cold front will bring a narrow line of showers with embedded thunder today. The coldest air will sweep into North Dakota, Minnesota`s Arrowhead and the Upper Great Lakes where highs will be in the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Outdoor enthusiasts will get a chance to enjoy spring warmth in the East for the second day of the work week. Following a foggy start across the South, sunshine will warm temperatures into the 60s and 70s as far north as Hartford, Conn. These readings will fall just short of record highs for much of the Interstate 95 corridor. Slightly cooler 50s will be found farther north in Boston, and Providence, R.I., with 40s across northern New England.

Winter chill will be absent across large stretches of the Southern Tier as well. Pleasant 70s will spread across southern California, the Southwest and southern Plains with a few places like Phoenix and Brownsville, Texas, reaching into the lower 80s. Farther north, 50s and 60s will prevail from the West Coast to the Midwest with typical 30s and 40s across the Rockies.

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