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UPDATED 9:15 AM EST, December 18, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The U.S. Northern-Tier will garner all the weather cooler-talk for mid-week, as a pair of storms delivers a quick punch of snow and valley rain from the Northwest to Upper Midwest.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Miranda Hilger has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

Quiet weather in the Pacific Northwest will be snapped as a cold front ushers in a burst of rain and snow from the Northwest to the northern Plains. Showers will douse locations west of the Cascade Mountains and will shift to snow from the northern Rocky Front Range into Minnesota today. Although the snow will be little more than a nuisance along the Interstate 94 corridor in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, several inches along Interstate 15 and 90 in the Rocky Front Range could cause travel troubles.

Highs will climb into the 20s and 30s from interior Washington State to the Great Lakes, with a couple of upper teens sneaking into the Minnesota Arrowhead. Along Interstate 5 in the Northwest, temperatures will warm into the lower 40s from Seattle to Portland, Ore.

The only other significant weather blemish will be found from northeastern Ohio into western New York today. Cold, Canadian air flowing over the relatively warm and unfrozen eastern Great Lakes will deposit a fresh blanket of lake-effect snow. Most places will see less than a half-foot of snow, but cities such as Watertown and Fulton, N.Y., could be digging out as much as a foot of new snow.

Aside from a few snow showers or flurries hugging the Downeast Maine Coast early today, the nation will enjoy a much needed relaxing weather day from California all the way to the Atlantic Seaboard as temperatures moderate to autumn levels for most; the exception will be from the Tennessee Valley to New England.

Temperatures will climb into the 60s and 70s from California to Texas, as well as from the Gulf Coast into Florida. Similar warmth comparable to mid-autumn will be found from Denver to Oklahoma City, where highs will top out around 70 degrees. Meanwhile, chilly 40s and 50s from Nashville, Tenn., to Raleigh, N.C., will turn into colder yet teens, 20s and lower 30s from New York City to Caribou, Maine. It will be in the middle and upper 30s along the Interstate 70 corridor from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic.

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