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UPDATED 12:15 AM EST, December 17, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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After two weeks of active weather, more of the U.S. will finally get a prolonged breather today, with a return to more normal temperatures. However, a clipper system could still bring some trouble for the Midwest and Northeast.

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

The huge early-December dip in the jet stream across the eastern and northern U.S. is beginning to fade, allowing a return to quieter weather across the West, Plains, South and Southeast. The net result will be plenty of sunshine from the Pacific Coast all of the way to the Southeast Atlantic Coast today.

The returning sunshine and retreating arctic air will mean temperatures will jump into the lower 60s as far north as Denver and the western High Plains, with upper 60s and 70s found in southern California, the Southwest, Texas, and the Southeast. The Sunshine State will see highs in the upper 70s with the Northwest, Intermountain West, Great Basin, Rockies and central Plains seeing highs in the 40s and 50s. The Immediate Northwest coast will see increasing clouds and a few late-day showers.

Even with the quiet and relatively mild temperatures across the South and West, there will still be plenty of wintry weather in the U.S. today. A Clipper-type system dragging arctic air behind it will race from the extreme northern Plains and Upper Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic and New England. This will produce a quick burst of snow along the way. Total accumulation will be a couple inches.

In addition to the snow, the clipper will keep temperatures frigid from the Dakotas into the Northeast. Highs will be in the single digit and teens across the Upper Midwest, western Great Lakes and in northern New England. Blustery 20s and lower 30s will be found throughout the rest of the Midwest, upper Ohio Valley, eastern Plains, Appalachians and the Northeast. The Mid-Atlantic, central Mississippi Valley and the rest of the Ohio Valley will be in the middle to upper 40s.

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