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UPDATED 6:30 AM EST, January 8, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The deep freeze shivering most of the central and eastern U.S. will finally begin to fade just a bit for the middle of the workweek. Meanwhile, the Northwest and Florida will be the "weather" trouble locations of the day.

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

The dangerously cold Polar Express flowing from the northern Plains and Upper Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard early this week will begin its triumphant return trip back to Canada today, although it will be a modest one at that. The mercury will stay stuck below zero degrees from the eastern Dakotas into Minnesota, with warmer single digits and teens greeting places such as Omaha, Neb., Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo to Boston. Even Washington, D.C., Cincinnati and Raleigh, N.C., to Nashville and Memphis will warm into the upper 20s, 30s and very low 40s. Of course there will be a few snowflakes to add into the mix from Nebraska to Indiana as well.

Further south across the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley, a bit of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain will make for slippery travel from Texas into southwestern Missouri this afternoon and evening. Particularly challenging driving conditions could arise along large stretches of Interstate 40, where light ice accumulation will affect the evening commute. Here, highs will barely climb above the freezing mark.

Meanwhile, it will be the Northwest, Rocky Front Range and parts of central and southern Florida that will be busy in the weather department today. Rain and mountain snow will be squeezed out across the Northwest, while a few snow showers or light snow crest the Rocky Front Range. Across the not-so-sunny Sunshine State, residents will need to have rain gear and umbrellas handy from Miami to Tampa Bay, Fla.

Temperatures in the Pacific Northwest will be in the upper 40s and 50s while the Rockies see highs in the 20s and 30s; Florida will see high temperatures range from the lower 50s in Jacksonville, Fla., to the lower 70s in Miami.

California, the Desert Southwest and Southeast will enjoy a quiet weather day with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures will warm into the 50s, 60s and 70s for the former, with chilly 40s covering the Southeast U.S.

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