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UPDATED 9:30 AM EST, December 16, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Mother Nature will light a few natural fireworks to close out the work week in the Deep South while a storm system swoops into the Northwest with rain and mountain snow. The Southwest to Plains will remain quiet.

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

A cold front heading east of the southern Plains will be the focal point for severe storms today. While a few will be ongoing in the morning across the Lower Mississippi Valley, the strongest ones will occur later in the day. Places such as Shreveport, La., Jackson, Miss., and Birmingham, Ala., will need to watch out for damaging wind gusts and perhaps a few tornadoes.

The same weather maker will bring showers to the East Coast with a bit of afternoon snow and ice on the northern fringe across New England and the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, early morning snow across the Upper Mississippi Valley will come to an end as the low pressure along the front slides northeast.

A fresh low pressure will spring onto the Northwest Coast to wrap up the weekend. Heavy rain and gusty winds will slide onto the Interstate 5 corridor in Washington and Oregon while snow blankets the Cascades. A few gusts could hit 70 mph in southern Oregon.

Other than a few snow showers dotting the landscape in the Rockies, the Southwest and Plains will see a good deal of sunshine on Sunday.

Bitter cold air will remain absent across the U.S., with 20s, 30s and 40s from the Northwest into the Rockies, across the northern Plains into the Great Lakes and Northeast. The San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys into southern Arizona and New Mexico will slide into the 50s and 60s with warmer 70s ahead of a cold front in eastern Texas and along the Gulf Coast.

The Central Plains to Mid-Atlantic will have 50s and 60s for afternoon highs today.

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