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UPDATED 11 AM EST, December 22, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The first full day of winter will bring snow and ice problems into the Northeast while storms break the near-record heat across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. A plethora of snow showers will spread across the Northwest.

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

The same weather-maker slicing through the nation`s midsection that`s producing snow, ice and downpours, will head for the East Coast today. The Northeast will be at the crux of the winter storm with more sleet, freezing rain, and snow falling on Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Farther south, showers will pepper Interstate 95 from Boston to New York City with even a few rumbles of thunder possible in the Mid-Atlantic. Highs will jump into the 60s and 70s all across southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic, melting any existing snowpack west of the major cities.

The Southeast will feel more like the first day of spring than the second day of winter. Southwest winds ahead of a cold front will allow highs to reach the 70s to lower 80s before a line of showers and possible strong-to-severe storms moves through during the afternoon. The main threat will be damaging winds. Florida will likely escape any stormy skies this afternoon with partly cloudy skies for the Sunshine State.

Winter will live up to its name from the central U.S. into the Northwest. Highs will only climb into the 30s in St. Louis and Oklahoma City, with much colder below-zero temperatures in the Dakotas. As a matter of fact, combined with the gusty north winds, wind chills will dip to minus-30 degrees at times along the Interstate 94 corridor.

A few rain showers will pelt the Northwest Coast while snow showers crest the Northern Cascades and Northern Rockies to conclude the weekend. Meanwhile, a protective high pressure center will ensure sunshine in California, the Great Basin, southern Rockies and the Southwest on Sunday.

Highs will warm into the 50s, 60s, and 70s along the West Coast and Southwest, with 20s and 30s in the Mountain West.

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