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UPDATED 8:15 AM EST, January 21, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman and James West

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An Arctic blast will push deeper into the U.S. today, producing frigid temperatures, snow, and biting winds. If you`re looking for a January thaw, head west or well south into Florida.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Katie Ferrier has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A potent cold front will rush off the East Coast today, ushering in a reinforcing taste of Old Man Winter. Temperatures below zero degrees, dangerous wind chills, and heavy lake-effect snow will be just some of the conditions seen across the U.S. Northern-Tier and Great Lakes. The heaviest of snow will fall in the typical lake-effect snow-belt areas, but light snow will also spread from the Ohio Valley through the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Highs will generally range from the teens in Detroit, to the 20s and 30s in New York and Boston. Highs in the 40s will be seen mainly early in the Mid-Atlantic.

Moving into the middle of the U.S., very chilly air will blanket the Plains. Some snow showers may fall along the northern Front Range, with some lake-effect snow falling in the Upper Midwest. Temperatures will vary widely, with sub-zero temperatures in the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, high single digits and teens in the Corn Belt, 20s and 30s in the central Plains, and 40s and 50s in the southern Plains.

Meanwhile, pleasant temperatures and sunshine will once again be the norm across the West. Highs will be absent of any arctic air, with 20s and 30s likely across the Mountain West and interior Northwest. Mild 40s and 50s will be common along the eastern slopes of the Rockies, with even warmer 60s and 70s governing most of California and the Desert Southwest.

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