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UPDATED 8:45 AM EST, January 15, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill and James West

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The Arctic chill invading the Southwest will continue at full tilt with another day of frosty weather on tap today. A gridlock pattern in the East will result in more rain and a bit of ice from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic. Wind and snow cresting the northern Rockies and northern Plains will be the other weather hiccup.

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

Large stretches of the West won`t be able to shake out of the mid-January chill today. Las Vegas and Phoenix will wake up to temperatures in the 20s with afternoon highs only in the 40s. Much of the Interstate 5 corridor through California will see 50s and 60s with cooler 40s in the Northwest. The Intermountain West will shiver in the single digits and teens.

A cold front sweeping across the Northern Tier will bring gusty winds and snow showers to the northern Rockies with the Dakotas seeing the white stuff by late-afternoon. Accumulations will be light across the Interstate 94 corridor with an inch or less.

Residents in the Southeast and Lower Mississippi Valley will need the rain gear once again today. A pesky front will come to a screeching halt, bringing more downpours into the Southeast, expanding into the northern Mid-Atlantic.

Travel will become slippery on the western fringe of this moisture shield, with light freezing rain on the weather menu through the Lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys to the Interstate 70 corridor in the Interior Mid-Atlantic.

The Northeast and residents in southern Georgia and Florida residents will be far enough removed from the front to see plenty of sunshine and blue skies.

The Central and Eastern U.S. will need jackets to stay warm with highs in the 30s and 40s. Colder teens and 20s will chill Minnesota and the western Great Lakes with warmer 60s and 70s along the Southeast Atlantic Coast and much of Florida.

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