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UPDATED 8:30 AM EST, January 30, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The second half of the work week will see big changes across the U.S., with much needed rain and snow hitting the West and warmer weather returning to parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast. The Midwest will remain frozen in sub-zero temperatures.

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

The northern tier will once again be where the action resides. Another Alberta Clipper will zip across the Midwest and western Great Lakes today, depositing several inches of fluffy snow for the Twin Cities and a couple inches surrounding that from eastern South Dakota into Michigan`s Upper Peninsula. Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wis., and Marquette, Mich., will be just a few of the cities impacted by this quick-hitting winter storm.

Not to be overshadowed, the Alberta Clipper will also be accompanied by a rejuvenated batch of Arctic cold, sending afternoon temperatures back into the sub-zero territory across the Dakotas and Upper Midwest. The central Plains and Midwest will also be sub-freezing this afternoon as the arctic air plunges south.

The drought-stricken Rockies, Mountain West, Northwest and northern California will receive much needed mountain snow and coastal rain today. The snow could cause a few travel headaches across the Great Basin and the passes of the Northwest. Highs will be in the 20s and 30s across the mountains, with 40s and some 50s common across the Northwest and northern California.

Outside of a drenching rain pelting central Florida residents, the rest of the U.S. will be full of bright sunshine. Afternoon temperatures will be warmest across the Southwest and southern California, where 70s and 80s will be common. Even New Mexico, western Texas and the Rio Grande Valley will start to recover from the cold snap that hit earlier this week. Highs here will be in the 60s and low 70s.

The southern Plains, South, Southeast and Gulf Coast will have one more day of chilly temperatures even with plenty of late-January sunshine. Highs here will be in the 40s and 50s, with 60s closer to the Gulf of Mexico.

The Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Carolinas, Mid-South, Ohio and central Mississippi valleys and the eastern Plains will have a sunny albeit cold day. Afternoon highs will be in the 20s throughout the Northeast, Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, with 30s in the eastern Plains, Ohio Valley and Mid-South.

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