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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 6:15 AM EST, December 13, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Low pressure careening across southern California will bring pockets of rain and high-elevation snow to the Southwest and Rockies. Other than spotty showers exiting the eastern Carolinas into South Florida, the weather across the Eastern Seaboard will be tranquil and relatively mild for December.

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

The only winter weather across the U.S. will be limited to the West today. Snow will fall from the higher terrain of the Desert Southwest into the Rocky Mountain chain; a few snow showers may even develop across Washington`s Olympic Mountains late this afternoon and evening.

It will be a different story across the milder valleys, where a burst of rain will push across cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. A second low pressure system will also produce a few nuisance showers across Washington State late this afternoon and evening. While wipers and rain gear will get a workout, it won`t be an all-day washout.

Temperatures will climb into the 40s in Seattle, with 50s in San Francisco, and 60s in Los Angeles and Phoenix. In the mountains and higher elevations, highs will only hit the 20s and 30s.

Most of the rest of the U.S. will be dry, with cold air remaining bottled up along the Northern-Tier. A few flurries will skirt the Dakotas but otherwise it will be dry and chilly, with highs in the teens and 20s. Temperatures will warm quickly heading southward though the central and southern Plains, with highs in the 50s and 60s common.

Sunshine will be the rule from the Southeast through the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Even better, temperatures will be seasonable, ranging from the 30s and 40s in New England, to the 50s in the Mid-South and Southeast. The only wet weather along the East Coast will slowly exit the eastern Carolinas to South Florida, where showers will give way to a few much-needed sunny breaks later today. Still, highs will be comfortable, ranging from the 60s and 70s in Florida, to the 50s in the eastern Carolinas.

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