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UPDATED 8:45 AM EST, January 3, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal and James West

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Just a few trouble spots are expected in the weather from coast to coast. Otherwise, a quiet start to January will continue today.

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

An Alberta Clipper will continue to march across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley today. This will bring a few snow showers from the Michigan Upper Peninsula to upstate New York. Accumulations will be just a few inches, but more noteworthy will be the chill in the air. Highs will only be in the teens behind the Clipper, with 20s from Wisconsin to New York.

The tail end of the Clipper will dive into Texas, bringing the Texas Big Bend region a bit of heavy snow. El Paso to Del Rio, Texas, could be digging out from 4 to 8 inches of snow by the time it winds down Friday morning. Thanks to the wintry weather, highs will only be in the 20s.

Not to be outdone, a weak storm system skirting the Gulf and southern Atlantic Coast will bring showers from eastern Louisiana to the North Carolina Outer Banks. While Florida will climb through the 70s, the clouds will keep the Southeast in the 50s.

A fresh Pacific storm moving into the Northwest will deliver a punch of wintry weather to the Cascades today. Three to 6 inches of fresh snow will dust the peaks, while the Yakima and Columbia valleys see a light freezing rain. Lower elevations of Oregon and Washington will see rain showers. Temperatures will range from the 20s in the hilly terrain to the 40s near the coast.

Otherwise, a large, sprawling area of high pressure will remain in place from California to Maine. This will lead to plenty of sunshine, and even some mild temperatures.

Highs will be in the 20s and 30s along the northern tier, with 50s and 60s from central California to the lower Mississippi Valley. The Desert Southwest and extreme southern California will climb into the 60s.

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