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UPDTED 8:30 AM EST, February 1, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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After an array of weather that included heavy snow and thunderstorms, the week will end on a much quieter but significantly colder note.

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

Another Arctic blast, including this winter`s coldest temperatures across the Upper Midwest, will usher in the start of 2013`s second month. After a morning with lows dropping to 20 and 30 degrees below zero, with even colder wind chills, the northern Plains and Upper Midwest will struggle to rise into the negative single-digits for the end of the workweek.

Across the central Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley, highs in the teens and 20s will be common, with even the Mid-South and Tennessee Valley not reaching the freezing mark today. The South, Southeast, Carolinas, and Gulf Coast will be chilly with highs in the 40s and 50s, with coastal locations seeing low 60s under bright early-February sunshine.

The Midwest cold air will also filter into the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast today. This will touch off another round of lake-effect snow across the typical snow belts of Michigan, Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. Highs throughout the Great Lakes will be in the teens and 20s, with the Ohio Valley, northern Appalachians and Northeast seeing 20s and low 30s. The Mid-Atlantic and coastal Northeast will see highs in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Outside of some light mountain snow across the northern Rockies and the Intermountain West, the western half of the U.S. will be devoid of major weather trouble. Plenty of sunshine will produce seasonal temperatures with southern California and the Desert Southwest seeing highs in the 60s and 70s. The Northwest and interior West will be in the 40s and 50s.

The warmest spots will be southern Texas and extreme southern Florida. Highs here will reach the mid-70s with plenty of sunshine. The northern half of both the Lone Star and Sunshine states will be in the upper 60s.

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