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UPDATED 9:15 AM EST, December 16, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A touch of Northern-Tier snow along with a bunch of cold will be serenaded in with mild mid-December warmth across the southern U.S. for the start of the final full holiday shopping week before Christmas.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

A quick-moving "Clipper" system will skirt the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes for the start of the work week, providing the U.S. with its most weather excitement of the day. Along its trek from the Dakotas into Wisconsin and Michigan, it will leave behind a fluffy 1 to 3 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, a brisk northwesterly breeze will relax some in the Northeast as residents continue the dig-out process from last weekend`s snowstorm. Not to be left out in that fast northwesterly flow will be a few areas of light snow and snow showers peppering the eastern Ohio Valley and northern Appalachian Spine. Thankfully, it will be a nuisance variety snow rather than posing serious travel troubles.

The remainder of the nation, perhaps excluding a few rain and mountain snow showers from northern Idaho into Montana, will enjoy a stellar start the new work week.

Frigid single digits, teens, and 20s will be the rule rather than the exception from Minnesota and Iowa to parts of the northern Mid-Atlantic and New England today. Even Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Cincinnati will have a hard time climbing above the freezing mark for the start of the new week. Rocky Front Range and Wasatch Range residents will stay chilly as well, with upper 20s to upper 30s common.

Further south from the Golden State and Southwest into the southern Plains, it will be comfortably mild for mid-December standards with highs climbing into the 50s, 60s, 70s and even a few spot low 80s. From the Gulf Coast into the Southeast, temperatures will warm into 50s, 60s and lower 70s across most of the Sunshine State.

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