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Christmas Day Weather Outlook

7:45 AM EST, December 25, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, Julie Gaddy

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Christmas has arrived, and other than a few snow showers from the Dakotas to the Great Lakes, the weather is cooperating and will allow most residents of the U.S. to spend time outdoors.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A low-pressure system sliding through the Great Lakes will bring winter weather from the eastern Dakotas to the eastern Great Lakes. Holiday travelers here could meet a few obstacles as snow blankets roadways and poses travel delays at airports. Residents of the Upper Midwest will want to bundle up as afternoon highs in the Northern Plains and Great Lakes will be in the teens and 20s.

On the other hand, the remainder of the U.S. will see optimal travel weather as plenty of sunshine will be a present for all to enjoy. Bone-chilling teens will grip the Northeast, warming up into the 20s, 30s and 40s in coastal New England and the Mid-Atlantic. The Southeast will be greeted by temperatures in the 50s, while Florida will warm into the 60s and 70s.

The weather will be near perfect across the Southwest, where the sun will be shining brightly and temperatures will be well-above average, perhaps even reaching the lower 80s in Los Angeles and San Diego. Cooler but still pleasant 40s and 50s will be found toward Denver and Seattle, with only the Intermountain West having frigid sub-freezing highs.

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