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UPDATED 8:30 AM EST, January 9, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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A storm lumbering through Texas and the Deep South will ring out more heavy downpours while rain and snow stay on the menu in the Northwest. Otherwise, winter remains on the backburner over the remainder of the West, Central and most of the Eastern U.S., excluding some New England snow.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

The rain will keep adding up in Texas today with 2 to 4 inches possible from Houston to Dallas and east into western Louisiana. This will be enough to send creeks and streams out of their banks, causing flash flooding.

Even a few strong thunderstorms will rumble through eastern Texas and southern Louisiana today, but thankfully, they will remain below severe limits. Residents along the Interstate 10 corridor from Houston to New Orleans could see the stronger thunderstorms produce gusty winds.

Yet another weather woe will be a cold front diving into the Northwest today, bringing coastal rain and mountain snow. The highest peaks and passes will be cleaning off more than a foot of snow. Light snow and snow showers will also add up to a few inches across the northern Rockies today; only a few snow showers will sneak into the northern Sierra Nevada as well.

The rain and snow will be driven by gusty winds that could reach 50 to 55 mph, causing travel problems along Interstates 5 and 90.

While winter will continue its breather from California and the Great Basin into much of the East, a few late-afternoon and evening snow showers will dart into upstate New York and central and northern New England. Though accumulations will be light, gusty winds will whip the flakes about as they fly.

The Mountain West, Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes and Northeast will be the coldest spots with 20s, 30s and 40s today. Meanwhile, highs will climb into the 50s and 60s along Interstate 5 through the Sacramento Valley into the Southwest, through much of the Plains, Tennessee Valley and Mid-Atlantic.

The Gulf Coast will see the warmest readings with widespread 70s and lower 80s.

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