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UPDATED 9:45 AM EST, February 19, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Snow shovels, umbrellas and windshield wipers will get a good workout along the West and East coasts to begin the abbreviated work week. The same storm system that slid through the Northern Plains on Monday will bring rain and a bit of ice to the central and northern Appalachians and East Coast while snow and wind pound the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, a fresh storm will bring mountain snow and valley rain to California.

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

Snow will greet Ohio Valley and Great Lakes residents today as a cold front whisks by this morning and afternoon. Meanwhile, rain and a few storms will rumble through the Deep South.

As the day unfolds, a bit of freezing rain and sleet will plague the Interior Mid-Atlantic before quickly changing to rain while a bit of snow pushes into New England. Temperatures will be warm enough for rain along Interstate 95 from Atlanta to Boston.

While large stretches of the Plains and Southwest enjoy sunshine, fast-moving low pressure will sweep into the Great Basin. The low will bring Pacific moisture onshore, squeezing it out as heavy snow in the Sierra while rain pelts Interstate 5 in California as far south as San Diego.

The northern fringe of the storm will bring snow showers to the Cascades and northern Rockies while drizzle greets the Northwest.

The coldest air will stay bottled up in the Northern Plains where the mercury will struggle in the single digits. Otherwise, the northern tier from northern California to the Northeast will stay in the 20s, 30s and 40s while the southern tier warms into the 50s, 60s and 70s.

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