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UPDATED 9:45 AM EST, February 10, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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While the Northeast gets a much needed break from the early weekend major blizzard, the Plains won`t be so lucky. A fresh winter storm will whip across the Plains with a taste of every season, including heavy snow to severe thunderstorms, punishing nearly 1,000 miles of the Central U.S. today.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Potent low pressure streaking into the Midwest will produce blizzard conditions from the central Plains to the Upper Mississippi Valley today. Large stretches of Interstates 80, 90 and 94 will see reduced visibility due to blowing and drifting of snow. Up to a foot will accumulate in places like Valentine, Neb., Pierre, S.D., and Saint Cloud, Minn.

On the low`s southern flank, dangerous storms will break out across eastern Texas and the Deep South. Morning storms will wake up residents from western Arkansas to southwestern Texas. As the day wears on, the storms will gather strength, bringing damaging wind gusts as they lumber through Louisiana and Mississippi.

In between the raging Plains blizzard and Deep South storms, umbrellas and rain coats will be a common necessity from the Mid-Mississippi Valley to the Midwest and southern Great Lakes. Showers and bursts of steadier rain will break out ahead of the cold front from St. Louis to Indianapolis and Detroit.

Not to be left out, snow showers will cover a lot of ground in the wake of the Plains blizzard across the Wasatch Range and Rockies. Accumulations will be minor with an inch or two at most.

The West and East Coast will be the only safe haven from snow, wind, rain and thunderstorms. High pressure will bring sunshine up and down Interstates 5 and 95. The exception will be Florida`s east coast where added clouds will obscure the sun a bit.

Afternoon readings will range through the 20s, 30s and 40s from the Great Basin to the Great Lakes into the Northeast. The Central Plains to the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic will warm into the 40s and 50s while 50s, 60s and 70s occupy the Interstate 5 corridor into the Southwest and through the Southern Plains and Southeast.

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