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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 8:30 AM EST, December 3, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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An Arctic blast will edge deeper into the Mountain West and northern Plains today. The same front responsible for the winter chill will also squeeze out a fresh blanket of snow along its journey, while quiet weather dominates the Eastern U.S.

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

A complex low pressure arcing from the Four Corner`s to the Upper Mississippi Valley will unleash waves of heavy snow from northern Nevada to northern Minnesota and Upper Michigan. Residents will need their shovels, snow brushes, and winter jackets nearby as they head to-and-from work and school. More than a foot of new snow will cause serious travel issues across the Minnesota Arrowhead, as well as the Colorado Rockies. Even a few inches of snow will greet Denver and Salt Lake City residents.

Meanwhile, Arctic high pressure will edge into the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies in the wake of the cold front. Seattle and Portland, Ore., will struggle to climb out of the 30s, with the freezing mark more of a target high in the Emerald City. The Cascades and northern Rockies will see high temperatures climb into the teens and 20s.

It will be colder yet from Montana into the Dakotas, Upper Midwest, and Great Lakes where single digits and teens will be a common theme. Places such as Minneapolis-St. Paul and Green Bay, Wis., will luckily rise above the freezing mark today.

The weather story will be much different from the Southwest into the southern Plains and East Coast. It will feel more like fall than early-winter, despite a bit of rain and showers patrolling the Gulf Coast, Deep South, and western Carolinas.

The "hot" spot will be along the U.S. Southern-Tier from eastern California to Florida where 60s, 70s and 80s are expected. Even a few spots in the Rio Grande Valley could soar close to 90 degrees today.

Elsewhere, temperatures will warm into the comfortable range in cities such as Boston, Cleveland, New York City, Indianapolis, and Nashville, Tenn., to the Nation`s Capital. Here, the thermometer will top out in the 30s and 40s across New England and the lower Great Lakes, with 50s and 60s stretching from the Mid-Atlantic into the Tennessee Valley.

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