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Today's Weather Outlook

UPDATED 8:45 AM EST, January 7, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The brutal Polar outbreak will continue today throughout the central, southern and eastern U.S., with many locations waking up to temperatures not felt in more than 20 years. The West Coast will continue its trend of unseasonably quiet and mild weather.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

The massive arctic outbreak sinking across the U.S. for the start of the workweek is bringing the season`s coldest temperatures throughout the Plains, South and East. The Upper Midwest, northern and eastern Plains, Great Lakes, Mississippi and Ohio valleys, Appalachians and even some of the interior Mid-Atlantic woke up to below-zero temperatures, with air temperature readings of 25 degrees below zero possible in parts of central and northern Minnesota.

This afternoon`s temperatures will slowly recover, but highs will still be below zero across the Upper Midwest and western Great Lakes, with the eastern Plains, Ohio Valley, Appalachians, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, including the I-95 corridor, seeing temperatures in the single digits and teens. Add in a brisk wind and the wind chill will be significantly colder. On top of the frigid temperatures, lake-effect snow will fall across the Michigan, western New York and across parts of interior New England.

The South, Southeast and lower Mississippi Valley will also be unseasonably cold, with the mercury barely touching the freezing mark deep into southern Mississippi and northern Florida. Even central and southern Florida will only see highs in the 50s and lower 60s this afternoon.

The warmest temperatures in the U.S. will be found in the U.S.`s Southwest corner. Southern California and southwestern Arizona will see temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s this afternoon. The rest of California will be in the 50s and 60s, with the Northwest seeing seasonal 40s and some afternoon showers. The Rockies will be in the 30s, while northern Rockies residents see a few snowflakes fly in the air.

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