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UPDATED 7:15 AM EST, January 21, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A cold front marching into the East will serve as the impetus for heavy snow across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, while cold air spills into the Midwest today. Much of the rest of the U.S. will stay seasonable and sunny.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

A low pressure will develop across the Carolinas today as a cold front rips through the East. As the storm advances along the Eastern Seaboard, it will bring heavy snow from the North Carolina mountains to the Mid-Atlantic, spreading into the Northeast just in time for the afternoon and evening commute.

Accumulations will reach from just a few inches in southern Virginia and North Carolina, to more than a half-foot across the big Mid-Atlantic and Northeast cities. A few spots could even see up to a foot by the time it winds down tonight, with southern New England also digging out of close to a foot of new snow as well. Meanwhile, the mercury will take a downward trajectory throughout the day, with lower 30s in the morning giving way to 20s and teens by afternoon. Gusty winds will make it feel even colder.

Behind the big East Coast storm, colder air will spill into the Great Lakes and northern Plains. Although a few snow showers are expected in the Dakotas, the weather will be dry elsewhere. Temperatures, however, will struggle to climb out of the single digits and teens.

The Deep South and Florida will enjoy sunshine today, keeping the weather seasonably mild. Temperatures will range from the 50s and 60s in Louisiana and Georgia to the 70s in Florida.

Meanwhile, the warm January will continue unabated in the West. High pressure will remain in firm control, keeping the weather mild and dry. Temperatures could reach the 80-degree mark in Los Angeles, with 70s deep into northern California. Even normally cool spots such as Seattle and Denver will reach the upper 50s or lower 60s.

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