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UPDATED 10:15 AM EST, December 27, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A winter storm that has brought blizzard conditions to the Midwest will continue to bring a wintry mess of heavy snow, sleet, wind, and rain to the Northeast today. In the wake of the system, Canadian air will sink southward and bring another unseasonably cold day to locations as far south as Texas.

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

A major winter storm is delivering a punch of heavy, swirling snow from southwestern New York through Maine today. Snowfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches will be common for places like Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y., and from Burlington, Vt., to Caribou, Maine. Even residents across western and central Massachusetts and much of southern New Hampshire will pick up more than a half-foot of fresh snow, while the Connecticut Valley into coastal Maine will see several inches of snow followed by up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation.

Unfortunately for those snow lovers east of the busty Interstate 95 corridor from Boston to New York, it will fall as a soaking rain early, before tapering off to scattered nuisance showers late this afternoon.

A wide range of temperatures will be common across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic today, with 20s expected from northern Maine to southwestern Pennsylvania. A thin strip of 30s will extend along the Maine Coast into the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore metro areas, with the mercury falling through the 40s in Boston and Providence, R.I.

Diving down from the North, cold air will overspread the nation`s midsection, with highs only in the 40s into northern Texas. With the exception of some late-day snow showers developing in the northern Plains, the region should be partly cloudy and cool. Highs will be in the teens and 20s in the Dakotas and Minnesota, with 30s from Oklahoma City to St. Louis, and 40s in Dallas.

Heading west, more snow and snow showers will be scattered across the Great Basin and mountains from Washington State to New Mexico. The coastal Northwest will see a chilly rain with highs in the 40s, while the warmest spots will be in southern California and the Desert Southwest, where highs will hit the upper 50s to mid-60s.

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