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UPDATED 8:15 AM EST, January 4, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The first workweek of 2013 will end on a sunny, albeit cold, note across most of the U.S. A bit of snow will hit the Northwest, eastern Great Lakes, and even Texas.

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

The blast of arctic air seen over much of the northern and central U.S. the last several weeks will stick around for the end of the workweek, keeping the northern and central Plains, Rockies, and Great Lakes locked in below-freezing temperatures, even with plenty of January sunshine. Highs will barely reach into the 20s across the Dakotas and the Upper Midwest, while upper 20s will be found throughout the central Rockies, Mountain West, central Mississippi Valley, eastern Plains and around the Great Lakes.

Aside from some leftover morning snow showers in western Texas and afternoon rain showers across eastern Texas, the rest of the central and southeastern U.S. will also see plenty of sunshine.

Highs will be slightly warmer than their northern neighbors, with highs reaching into the low-to-mid-40s across the south-central Plains and the Mid-South, with the central Gulf Coast, Deep South, and Southeast seeing temperatures reach into the low 50s. Florida will see a few afternoon showers, with highs in the 60s across the panhandle, and lower 70s on the peninsula.

The cold air freezing the central U.S. will continue to trickle eastward. Highs will be in the mid-30s across the Ohio Valley, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic, with 40s and 50s found in the Carolinas and the Tennessee Valley.

The West, except for some rain and mountain snow in the Northwest, will be tranquil today, with plenty of January sunshine. Highs will be in the 40s in the Northwest and Great Basin, with 50s found across coastal California and a few 60-degree readings across extreme southern California. The Southwest will be in the 40s and 50s, with higher-elevation locations seeing 30s.

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