Thu Jan 2, 2014 06:54 AM CST

Moderate to locally heavy snow will cover the eastern Midwest Thursday, with moderate rain in the Delta and Southeast. The western Midwest, Plains and Canadian Prairies will be dry. Bitter cold conditions in the Prairies, Northern Plains and western Midwest will be stressful for livestock and transportation. The brunt of this bitter cold is staying away from the Southern Plains winter wheat areas.

Highs: Subzero to teens positive central and eastern Prairies, northeastern Plains, northern, western and central Midwest; 20s/30s western Prairies, northwestern through southeastern Plains, eastern and southern Midwest; 40s/50s Southern Plains, Texas, Delta, Deep South, Southeast.

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