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UPDATED 8:30 AM EST, January 16, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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The homestretch of the work and school week will be nearly identical in the weather department to that of the rest of this week. Generally, quiet conditions are expected with the few exceptions being over the East and Midwest.

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

An area of low pressure will cruise across the northern tier, bringing a ribbon of snow to the Great Lakes and lower Ohio Valley. Just a few inches are expected, but the snow will be the least of the problems.

In the wake of the storm, strong northerly winds will develop. Winds could gust as high as 65 to 70 mph, producing heavy blowing snow and blizzard conditions from the Dakotas to the Upper Mississippi Valley. Places as far south as Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa could also be buffeted by strong winds. Temperatures in the Upper Midwest will only reach the 20s and 30s.

A strong upper-level low pressure system moving through the Southeast will bring a chilly start to the Gulf Coast and Florida, where temperatures will ascend from near the freezing mark well into the 60s under a brilliant canopy of mid-January sunshine.

Other than a few snow showers prancing across New England, the rest of the East will thrive under bountiful sunshine. Temperatures will be seasonably cool, reaching the 30s in the Northeast, and 40s and 50s from the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast.

The spots to be for the homestretch of the week will be across the West, where strong high pressure will produce sunshine and very mild temperatures. The mercury will once again approach 80 degrees in the Los Angeles area, with San Francisco and Phoenix climbing steadily into the 70s. Dense fog will keep the Northwest in the 40s to lower 50s, but inland cities could climb toward the 60-degree mark.

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