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UPDATED 8:45 AM EST, December 12, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The middle of the work week won`t bring much change to the soggy weather pattern in place from the eastern Gulf Coast to the Carolinas. Rain and mountain snow will spread into the Mountain West and California while high pressure ensures plenty of sunshine from the Southwest to the Northeast.

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

A low pressure will develop along a lingering cold front draped across the eastern Carolinas and eastern Gulf Coast. This will spell gloomy skies and rain for places such as Pensacola, Orlando and Tampa, Fla., as well as Charleston, S.C., and Cape Hatteras, N.C. A few afternoon storms can`t be ruled out either in the Sunshine State.

Much of the West Coast will see little more than nuisance showers from a storm careening inland from the Pacific. The heaviest snow will end early today across the Cascades and northern Rockies with just an inch or two possible during the day with a few flurries crawling along Interstate 94 into North Dakota by this evening.

The lack of available moisture sliding into the colder Sierra will mean snowfall amounts of only 6 to 8 inches across the higher peaks and 3 to 4 inches for the Yosemite Valley floor. The storm will spread snow into the Great Basin with several inches likely by later in the day.

Not to be outdone, the Southwest, Central U.S. and much of the East will enjoy plentiful sunshine today with a bit of a southwest breeze spreading across the Corn Belt.

Warm 70s will stay confined to southern Arizona with lower 80s for southern Florida. Highs will reach the 50s and 60s in central California, the Southwest, central and southern Plains today. The mercury will only rise into the 20s across the far Northern Tier with cool 30s and 40s from northern California to the Mid-Atlantic.

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