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7 AM EST, December 5, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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The mid-point of the work week will see more soggy weather on tap in the Pacific Northwest, while a cold front cools temperatures in the East. However, most of the U.S. will continue to enjoy above-average temperatures.

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

The last couple of weeks have featured wave after wave of Pacific moisture moving onshore, and yet another will take aim today. Drenching rain will overspread the West Coast from Seattle to San Francisco, with the bulk of the rainfall occurring in the morning. This could be enough to cause additional flooding in western Oregon and northern California. Not to be outdone, the rain will change to accumulating snow for the high elevations of the Cascade Range, Idaho`s Sawtooth Mountains and Wyoming`s Tetons.

On the other side of the U.S., a cold front charging through the East will put the brakes on the spring-like temperatures the Mid-Atlantic has enjoyed the last couple of days. Early-morning showers will end as high pressure moves in with breezy conditions and cooler temperatures. New England will be stuck in the 30s and 40s, with 50s down to the Baltimore-Washington metro area.

Farther south, the cold front will get hung up across the Southeast and Florida, causing spotty showers and isolated thunderstorms throughout the day. However, these places will also enjoy mild 60s and 70s.

The middle of the U.S. will enjoy pleasant and warm weather today. High pressure will stretch from the Great Lakes all the way to the Southwest, providing dry weather and plenty of sunshine.

Above-average temperatures will be the rule across the rest of the U.S. today. 30s will dominate the Great Lakes, with 40s and 50s in the Ohio Valley, northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. These high temperatures will be 20 to 30 degrees above-average in many spots. Toasty 60s and 70s will be widespread across the central and southern Plains, Desert Southwest and southern California.

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