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UPDATED 9 AM EST, January 29, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The U.S. will be full of active weather today. Severe storms capable of tornadoes, heavy rain triggering flooding and heavy snow will be some of the things to watch nationally for the second day of the work week.

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

A large, expanding storm spreading across the entire Mississippi Valley, Midwest and eastern Plains will be the big weather news today. This large and expansive system will sweep a large cold front across the lower and central Mississippi River and lower Ohio valleys this afternoon and evening. Fed by abundant Gulf of Mexico moisture, the front will trigger widespread thunderstorms capable of damaging wind and tornadoes. Heavy rain exceeding 2 inches could produce flash flooding.

The fiercest storms will hit after sunset, making a volatile situation even more dangerous. Cities such as Dallas, Little Rock, Ark., Memphis, Tenn., St. Louis, and Indianapolis, will need to watch these storms closely and be prepared to act if a warning is posted. Temperatures will reach into the 70s before the storms arrive.

The northern side of this system extending across the Upper Mississippi Valley, Midwest and western Great Lakes will see heavy snow and a wintry mix of snow and sleet. More than 6 inches of snow is possible on parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin even as temperatures reach into the upper 20s and low 30s.

Between the storms and snow will be a large extent of heavy rain across the central Mississippi Valley, eastern Plains, and the central Appalachians. A couple inches of rain will help melt snow, increasing the chance of flooding along large rivers and streams alike. Temperatures will reach into the 50s and even 60s in the rain.

A big winter storm moving across the Northwest and Mountain West will bring heavy snow to the Rockies and Mountain West, with rain hitting Washington`s and Oregon`s coast. Several feet of snow will be possible across the highest passes of the Rockies and the Mountain West, causing travel trouble even as skiers rejoice for the fresh powder.

Highs will range from the teens and 20s in the Rockies to 30s in the Northwest, with 40s found along the Pacific Coast.

California, the Southwest, western Plains, Southeast, Florida and northern New England will be the only place in the U.S. that will see quiet weather. Florida and the Southeast will see highs in the 70s while the Carolinas and southern Mid-Atlantic warm into the low to mid 60s. The Southwest and California will be in the 50s and low 60s while the southern Rockies and western Plains see 30s and 40s, with chilly teens in Dakotas.

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