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UPDATED 7:30 AM EST, January 31, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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Dangerous levels of cold will be ushered deeper into parts of the Central and Eastern U.S. today. More rain and snow will fall from Florida to New England as calmer weather blankets much of the West.

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

A potent cold front is pushing across the east, unlocking a fresh batch of frigid temperatures, dangerous wind chills and snow showers across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. In general, the snow showers will be light-to-moderate, except for heavier lake-effect snow in the typical snow-belt cities.

Temperatures will be the big weather story as highs warm just above zero in the Twin Cities, with below-zero temperatures father northwest. Temperatures in the teens and 20s will cover much of the Great Lakes. Residents of the central Plains and Ohio Valley will largely see highs stay below the freezing mark.

Not to be left out, brutal cold will surge into the northern and central High Plains. Some snow showers may fall along the northern Front Range, with sunny and windy conditions elsewhere. Temperatures will vary widely, with sub-zero temperatures in the Dakotas and Minnesota, teens and 20s in the Corn Belt, 30s and 40s in the central Plains, and 50s and 60s in the southern Plains.

Meanwhile, mild air will hold on today along the extreme northeastern seaboard. Heavy rain will slide up the coast early today from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic and New England into early afternoon.

In the storms wake, residents from the central Appalachians to the eastern Great Lakes will have to dust off their shovels and ice scrapers, as light snow and lake-effect snow showers accompany cold, gusty winds. One to 3 inches of snow won`t be too tough to take, but will cause minor travel headaches along roadways.

Tumbling temperatures will be a common denominator from the Carolinas into New England. Early 40s, 50s, 60s and even a few low 70s will be replaced by 20s, 30s and 40s for the most part. Only the eastern Carolinas will stay in the 50s today. A cold front carrying a few showers will also drop temperatures back below seasonal levels in Florida, with highs ranging from the 50s in the north, to 70s in Miami.

In the West, mostly pleasant weather is expected once again. Some showers will fall along the Pacific Northwest coast as snow showers blanket the Great Basin. Sunshine will rule across California and the Southwest. Highs will hit the 40s and 50s in the coastal Northwest. Temperatures will range from the lower 60s in northern California, to highs in the 70s in Los Angeles and Phoenix.

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