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Today's Weather Outlook

9 AM EST, January 14, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier and James West

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The main weather story heading into the new work week will continue to be the bone-chilling cold entrenched in the West and the Southwest. Meanwhile, the East Coast will enjoy above average temperatures early today while heavy rain plagues parts of the Mid-Atlantic to Gulf Coast.

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

The Arctic blast that settled over the western half of the U.S. this weekend will continue to maintain its frigid grip today. Cold air will continue to be pumped out of Canada, leading to well-below-average temperatures from the Dakotas all the way to the Desert Southwest.

A new wrinkle will be introduced today, as icy weather develops in the Mid-South. The combination of rain falling in the Arctic air mass will make places along Interstate 20 into a skating rink. Ice Storm Warnings are posted here.

The coldest temperatures will be found in North Dakota and northern Minnesota, where highs may not even crack the zero-degree barrier. Other single-digit highs will be widespread through the northern Plains and into the central Rockies. Teens, 20s, and 30s will envelop the central Plains to Las Vegas and the Cascade Range, while even desert cities such as Phoenix won`t escape the 40s.

Meanwhile, a potent cold front separating this Arctic air from warmer weather in the East will continue to produce heavy rain for residents along a line from the central Gulf Coast to the southern Mid-Atlantic. Heavy rain is in the cards from Richmond, Va., to Nashville, Tenn., and Baton Rouge, La. Areas along the southern Appalachians could pick up more than an inch of new rainfall, leading to additional flooding concerns.

While the West will be shivering today, the East Coast will enjoy very mild temperatures to start the week. Highs in the 40s and 50s will dominate from New England to the Mid-Atlantic before temperatures start dropping this afternoon; toasty 60s and 70s will spread throughout the coastal Southeast and into Florida.

The only other minor weather hiccups today will be a few light snow showers in the northern and southern Rockies, along with isolated early-morning showers in New England. Thereafter, mostly sunny skies will be found from New England to the Midwest, along with Florida and the West Coast.

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