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11 AM EST, February 3, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Groundhog Phil predicted an early spring on Saturday but Mother Nature has a few tricks up her sleeve before winter is through. The cold weather pattern in place from the Northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic will continue unabated today with snow showers in the mix. The West will escape the cold and snow with sunshine and light wind on the weather menu.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

The upper-level jet stream winds continue to dip south from the Dakotas to the Southeast Atlantic Coast. This will send more Arctic air south while weak disturbances move through producing light snow.

One of those disturbances will bring light accumulations from Michigan`s Upper Peninsula to the central Appalachians. Places from Marquette, Mich., to Asheville, N.C., can expect a few snow showers that could briefly interrupt travel. Another will follow on its heels brushing the Interstate 94 corridor in the Northern Plains with late-day snow showers.

The corridor of coldest air will stretch from northern North Dakota into southern Wisconsin where highs will stay in the single digits and teens. Otherwise, 20s, 30s and 40s will take up real estate from South Dakota to Virginia.

Other than the typical cooler 20s and 30s in the Mountain West, the remainder of the U.S., including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and Atlanta will warm into the 50s, 60s and 70s. A large high pressure will bring bright sunshine from the West Coast through the Plains deep into the South along the Gulf Coast.

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