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UPDATED 7:30 AM EST, February 7, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The precursors to a big end of the week nor`easter in the Northeast will bring stormy weather to the Gulf Coast and Deep South, and snow to the Great Lakes.

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

A developing low pressure system moving across the Gulf Coast will spread thunderstorms from Louisiana through the Gulf Coast and into the Southeast. These thunderstorms will produce several inches of rain along the Gulf Coast, increasing the chance of flash flooding. Even with the thunderstorms, highs will reach into the 70s from Texas into southern Georgia. Central and southern Florida will reach into the upper 70s as the thunderstorms stay away and the sky stays mostly sunny.

Another system, the second half of the Friday nor`easter, will streak across the Great Lakes, bringing heavy snow from the Upper Midwest into the eastern Great Lakes. Six to 12 inches of snow will be possible across northern Michigan, with less snow found across Upper Midwest and New York. A wintry mix will be found across the Midwest with rain falling back towards the central Mississippi Valley.

The West Coast won`t be excluded from the sour weather today. A new Pacific storm coming ashore will bring coastal rain and mountain snow from north-central California northward into Washington and Idaho. The heaviest snow will fall across the highest elevations of the Cascades and Sierras. Coastal temperatures will be in the upper 40s, with the mountains seeing highs in the 30s.

The rest of the U.S., including the Rockies, Southwest, central Plains, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic will have a quiet day. Bright sunshine will be found across the Rockies, Southwest, and western Plains, with the central Plains and East seeing a bit more cloud cover.

A broad range of temperatures will be found across the U.S. The warmest spot, already mentioned, is Florida and southern Texas, with highs in the upper 70s to near 80. The coldest spot will be the northern Rockies, where teens and 20s will be common on Thursday. The rest of the nation will be around their seasonal averages, with the Northeast seeing 30s, the Mid-Atlantic and much of the central Plains seeing 40s and the Carolinas, Mid-South, southern Plains, Southwest and southern and central California seeing the 50s.

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