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8:15 AM EST, December 15, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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This weekend`s potent coastal storm will gradually wind down in New England today, while the Great Lakes see more lake effect snow. Quiet weather will dominate the rest of the U.S., although frigid temperatures will inhabit the Upper Midwest.

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The large coastal storm affecting the Northeast will begin to race away into Canada today, but not before depositing a hefty blanket of snow on northern New England in the morning. Locations across New Hampshire and Maine could be thumped by more than a foot of snow before things finally wind down in the afternoon.

Behind the storm, the combination of frigid Canadian air flowing over the warmer waters of the Great Lakes will lead to lake effect snowfall from Michigan`s Upper Peninsula all the way to western New York. This snow will be more of the nuisance variety, with lakeside locations picking up a couple inches of fresh accumulation.

Showers and thunderstorms forming along a cold front will bring a day of unsettled weather to Florida, although no severe weather is expected. The only other weather hiccup will be a few snow showers moving into the peaks of the northern Rockies. Elsewhere, large bubbles of high pressure will deliver tranquil weather to the Deep South, Plains, Mountain West and West Coast.

Residents of the Upper Midwest will have to bundle up today, as Canadian high pressure brings a shot of frigid air from the Dakotas to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Here, high temperatures may not even reach double-digits, with northern Minnesota threatening to remain below zero all day long.

Elsewhere, chilly readings in the 20s and 30s will stretch from New England to the Mid-Mississippi Valley and back up to the northern Plains. The Mid-Atlantic, Deep South, southern Plains and Pacific Northwest will see more tolerable temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Balmier 60s will be found in California and the coastal Southeast, while toasty 70s and 80s will hang on in central and southern Florida.

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