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8:15 AM EST, January 11, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The end of the workweek will be a wild one across the U.S. Snow, a new round of frigid temperatures, and thunderstorms will be some of the weather seen nationwide.

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

A major weather pattern shift occurring across the U.S. will bring active weather to every time zone in the contiguous U.S. today.

The biggest trouble to close out the workweek will be found across the north-central and Mountain West of the U.S. A strong storm system producing a large jet stream dip will bring a bit more snow to the northern Sierra, but a lot more of the white stuff from the Rockies into the Dakotas and Minnesota Arrowhead. This will include much of the Intermountain West, Great Basin, Wasatch mountains, and the northern and central Rockies.

To be sure, the heaviest snow will be found across the Rockies, where several feet of snow is possible, and from central Montana and central Wyoming eastward into Minnesota, where 6 to 12 inches will fall. Arctic air will keep temperatures in the single digits and teens throughout the Mountain West, mountainous Pacific Northwest, the Rockies, and western Plains, with the Upper Midwest seeing highs closer to freezing. Along the southern periphery of the Upper Midwest snow, a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain will hit the north-central Plains and upper Mississippi Valley as temperatures hang around the freezing mark. Significant icing likely over northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin as temperatures hover just below freezing there.

A different storm system moving out of the lower Mississippi Valley will spread heavy rain from the mouth of the Mississippi and the central Gulf Coast northward into the Ohio Valley and the central and eastern Great Lakes. A few thunderstorms will be possible across the lower Ohio Valley throughout the afternoon. Showers will push into the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast later in the day. About an inch of rain will fall over the eastern Plains, Ohio Valley, and central Mississippi Valley, helping soak the parched ground suffering through a major drought.

The only places to see dry weather will be the Southwest, southern Rockies, southern Plains, Florida, and New England. The southern Rockies and southern Plains will see highs in the 50s and 60s, with Texas seeing highs in the low 70s. Strong gusty winds will kick up the dust across the southern Plains. The Southwest and southern California will be on the chilly side, with highs in the 40s and 50s, with higher elevations of the Southwest only seeing low 30s. Florida will be in 70s and 80s, while the Northeast will be in the low 30s.

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