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UPDATED 8:45 AM EST, January 18, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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A week full of wintry weather, including a western deep freeze and rare ice and snow across the Deep South, Carolinas and southern Mid-Atlantic, will end on a quieter note today. Plenty of winter sunshine will pull away the winter gray, brightening many places heading into the weekend.

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

The winter storm that rolled across the South and Mid-Atlantic on Thursday exited into the Atlantic early today. Even with the storm's exit, lingering snow showers are possible across southern New England this morning. Otherwise, a large area of high pressure building over the central Plains will bring clearing skies and some mid-January sunshine to the East Coast.

Even so, temperatures throughout the South, Southeast, and East Coast will run below normal, with northern New England seeing a reinforcing shot of arctic air. Highs will range from the low-to-mid-50s across the central Gulf Coast, Deep South, and Southeast, with the Mid-South, Tennessee Valley, and Carolinas seeing highs in the 40s. The Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Appalachians will be in the 30s while New England and upstate New York see 20s. Single digits and teens will be likely across northern Maine.

It will also feel cold across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes as the same arctic air hitting northern New England keeps highs well below freezing. In fact, highs only in the teens will be found across northern Minnesota. On top of the cold temperatures, an Alberta Clipper will jet across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes later today, bringing a quick burst of an inch or two of snow and frigid wind-chills.

Abundant sunshine will try to warm things up throughout the Lower Mississippi Valley, southern and central Plains, and into the Southwest. Here highs will reach into the low 50s, with a few 60-degree readings possible across extreme southern Texas and across the Desert Southwest. The northern Plains, Rockies, and Intermountain West will be in 30s, with a ribbon of 40s along the Front Range and across the southern Rockies and southern Great Basin.

The West Coast will also see a quiet and mostly sunny end to the workweek. Seasonal highs will reach into the low 50s across the coastal Northwest and northern California. Inland and mountain areas will see highs in the 40s. Central and southern California will be in the 60s along the coast, with inland mountainous areas seeing highs in the 40s. The Great Los Angeles and San Diego areas will see highs in the lower 70s.

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