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Presidents' Day Weather Outlook

UPDATED 11 AM EST, February 18, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The biggest weather story to close out the Presidents` Day holiday weekend will be snow, wind and rain blasting the Northern Plains, Mississippi Valley, Midwest and Great Lakes. Otherwise, the West and East Coast will enjoy plenty of sunshine.

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

The storm system that dumped snow across the Northern Rockies on Sunday will quickly swing into the Great Lakes today. As it does, gusty northwest winds will whip around the freshly fallen snow along Interstate 94 through the Dakotas and the Upper Mississippi Valley creating travel headaches.

South and east of the front dashing into the Mississippi Valley, showers and embedded thunderstorms will blossom from Chicago to Shreveport, La. Downpours producing a quick inch could cause ponding of water on roadways in the western Tennessee Valley, but the severe weather threat will be minimal.

Other than a few spits of rain along the Northwest Coast with snow showers cresting the northern Cascades, the West, Plains and East will have sunshine and blue skies.

Temperatures will stay in the teens and 20s for the Interior Northeast, with 20s, 30s and 40s stretching from the Mountain West to the Mid-Atlantic.

After one last frosty start with 20s and 30s through central and northern Florida, highs will rebound into the 50s and 60s. These afternoon readings will be widespread across large stretches of the southern tier from California to the Lower Mississippi Valley as well.

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