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UPDATED 9:15 AM EST, February 14, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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Another southward-diving push of Canadian air will nose its way into the Northern Tier today while showers and thunderstorms cover much of the Sunshine State. Any Valentine`s Day plans may have to be put on hold in the Upper Midwest as wind-whipped snow covers the region.

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

A potent cold front will push through the Northern Plains bringing frigid temperatures and wind chills, while snow showers fly across the region. In general, the snow showers will be light-to-moderate, except for where the front teams up with a quick-moving low pressure center and squeezes some heavier snow across the Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes.

Temperatures will start to nose-dive across the northern Plains, with highs in the teens and 20s early in the day, and then plunging during the late afternoon. The cold air will overspread the Great Lakes, bringing a wintry mix to Chicago and Detroit, and dropping temperatures down from the 40s to the 20s by evening.

In the East, a departing coastal storm will perhaps bring some lingering snow showers to the Northeast and coastal New England during the early morning and then move out. Otherwise the eastern Seaboard will be partly-to-mostly sunny, with the exceptions of Florida, which will contend with showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will range from the 30s and 40s in the Northeast, to the 50s in the Carolinas, and the 60s, and 70s across most of Florida. Miami should hit 80 degrees with scattered showers.

Moving into the Heartland, the cold air will hold off for another day in the central Plains. There may be a few flurries in Nebraska, but otherwise it should be partly cloudy with highs generally in the 30s and 40s. Farther south into Oklahoma and Texas, highs will hit the 50s and 60s under mostly sunny skies.

In the West, residents will mostly see great weather. With the exception of some showers along the Pacific Northwest coast, and snow showers falling inland and in the mountains, the region should enjoy mainly tranquil conditions. Sunshine will be the rule in California and the Southwest.

Highs will mainly hit the upper 40s in the coastal Northwest, with 30s in the higher elevations of the Great Basin. Temperatures will range from the lower 60s in northern California, to highs in the 70s in Los Angeles and Phoenix.

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