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UPDATED 9:00 AM EST, December 7, 2012

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The weather, quiet for most of the U.S. this week, will get bit more active as the workweek heads for the weekend.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

The jet stream is dipping across the central U.S., bringing with it colder temperatures and a few weak storm systems. One storm, streaking across the Northeast, will bring showers from the Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic northeast into New England. The showers and rain will make it hard for the temperature to rise out of the 40s, with 30s in northern Maine.

Another storm rolling across the Mountain West and the Northwest will bring mountain snow to Idaho, Montana and eastern Washington. By evening, snow showers will move eastward into the Dakotas and Minnesota. Rain will fall across the coastal Northwest. Highs will be in the 40s and 50s, with cooler 30s found in the mountain.

The dip in the jet stream also unlocked arctic air over the northern Plains. Here, temperatures will not climb above freezing, with highs in the teens and low 20s found over the Dakotas and northern Minnesota.

Most of the southern tier of the U.S. will see a quiet end to the work week as the jet stream stays to the north. However, a few showers are possible along the Southeast and the Carolina coast and southern Florida. These will be just nuisances, nothing much else. Temperatures across the southern tier will be in the 60s and 70s from southern California eastward to Florida, with southern Texas and southern Florida seeing highs in the 80s.

The Central Plains and the Mississippi Valley will be in between the more active weather across the northern tier and the quieter southern U.S. This will mean a mix of clouds and sunshine and temperatures that will climb into the 40s and 50s by this afternoon.

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