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UPDATED 8:30 AM EST, January 8, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Weather more reminiscent of the spring not mid-winter will bring beneficial rain to parched Texas while winter continues across the U.S. Northern-Tier today. Outside these few areas, a quiet weather pattern will blanket much of the West, Central and Eastern U.S.

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

A fresh storm system moving out of northern Mexico will push Gulf of Mexico moisture into drought-stricken Texas, soaking the eastern half of the Lone Star State in much-needed heavy rainfall today. Unfortunately, the rain will be attached to a few powerful thunderstorms close to the Texas Gulf Coast. The chief concern will be damaging wind gusts, with a few brief waterspouts and tornadoes added for good mix.

A ribbon of moisture deeply rooted across the North Pacific will slam into the Northwest today. This will spell heavy rain from the Strait of Juan De Fuca into western Oregon with snow cresting the Cascades and northern Rockies. Up to a foot of snow could slow travel along Interstate 90 through Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana.

Not to be left out, motorists travelling Interstates 90 and 94 will not only need to have a firm grip at the steering wheel due to gusty winds, but also as snowflakes become whipped about this afternoon. Snow will only leave a dusting behind for most, but up to an inch is possible in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Fortunately, high pressure will occupy the rest of the U.S. today, including California, the Southwest and Great Basin, as well as much of the eastern-half of the U.S., producing plenty of early-January sun. The only exceptions will be Florida`s Atlantic beaches where a few nuisance showers could mean windshield wipers will be needed occasionally.

Surprisingly, the U.S. will be void of any true arctic air today. Highs in the 20s, 30s and 40s will govern much of the U.S. north of Interstate 70. Chilly 30s will dig into the southern Rockies, northern New Mexico and Arizona, otherwise, 50s, 60s and 70s can be expected along the West Coast, Southern Tier, through the Mid-Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic Coast.

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