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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 9 AM EST, December 20, 2013

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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An array of wet weather will be the main headline for the majority of the U.S. today. On the flip side, the West Coast and Southeast will see sunshine and autumn-like temperatures.

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

Rain, ice and snow will be on tap across much of the Eastern U.S. as a front tramples its way towards the Atlantic. The Northeast and Midwest will be the main contenders for winter weather as snow and an icy mix pummel northern New England and the Great Lakes. The Mid-Mississippi Valley will also see a few early-morning snow showers accompanied by a band of ice stretching from Springfield, Mo., to Chicago.

The remainder of the Northeast and the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys will be doused with plenty of rain that will impede the afternoon commute. Temperatures will range greatly across the Eastern U.S., with the extreme Northeast and Midwest seeing highs in the 10s, 20s and 30s. Highs will rapidly increase southward, with 40s, 50s and 60s being felt across coastal New England, Mid-Atlantic and the Ohio and Tennessee valleys.

Widespread rain and even a few thunderstorms will emerge in the Lower Mississippi Valley, Southern Plains and Southwest as a front swoops into the Southern U.S. Thunderstorms will be confined mostly to the Lower Mississippi Valley and eastern Southern Plains while the rest of the Southern Plains and Southwest are sprinkled with showers. Temperatures in the Southwest will be in the 40s and 50s while the Lower Mississippi Valley sees highs top off in the upper 70s. The Southern Plains will see an assortment of different temperatures, extending from the 30s and 40s in Oklahoma and northern Texas to the 70s and 80s in southern Texas.

A concoction of rain and snow will slam into the Pacific Northwest and Rockies in the typical winter fashion. Snow will cap the Northern and Central Rockies` mountain peaks while a band of rain drenches locations west of the Cascade Mountains. The Rockies will stay fairly chilly with highs in the 10s and 20s while the Pacific Northwest warms up slightly into the 40s.

Frigid temperatures will dominate in the Northern and Central Plains as a surge of cold Canadian air pushes southward. Single-digit highs will be felt across the Northern Plains and even into the Upper Midwest while highs in the 10s and 20s will keep the residents of the Central Plains bundled up in plenty of layers.

The West Coast and Southeast will luck out with clear and sunny skies commanding alongside fairly warm and comfortable temperatures. Highs along the West Coast will be in the 50s and 60s while the Southeast heats up into the 60s and 70s. Southern Florida will be the hot spot in the U.S. with temperatures rising into the 80s.

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