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UPDATED 8:15 AM EST, February 22, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The weather will continue to be busy across two large sections of the U.S., with a mix of snow, ice, rain and thunderstorms producing some of the biggest headlines.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Susie Martin has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

The big weather story will continue to be a large storm system extending from the Upper Midwest all of the way across the Great Lakes, and down across the central Appalachians and into the Southeast and eastern Gulf Coast. This large system will bring heavy snow to the upper Midwest and western Great Lakes, where temperatures will be in the upper 20s and low 30s throughout the day.

A messy wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be found from the central Great Lakes and eastern Plains down into the upper Ohio Valley, central Appalachians, southern mid-Atlantic, and even into the northern Carolinas. Temperatures will hover at or above the freezing mark, especially as the system pushes east later in the day. Across a large stretch of the South and Southeast, where temperatures will range from the mid-50s in the Carolinas to the mid-70s in the central Gulf Coast, heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms will produce several inches of new rain.

The next storm system entering the U.S. will arrive on the Northwest Coast, producing heavy snow across the Cascades and Mountain West, and heavy rain along the Oregon and Washington Coast. Snowfall will exceed a foot in the highest elevations, with travel across the high passes likely to be affected throughout the day.

The last Friday of February will be much quieter across the Southwest, southern Rockies, western and southern Plains, Florida, and the Northeast. All of these locations will be mostly sunny, with a wide range of temperatures. The coldest spots will be the western and northern Plains and the Northeast, where highs in the 20s and 30s will be common, while Texas and Florida will be the warmest spots as highs reach into upper 70s and low 80s. The Southwest, California and the rest of the Mid-South and central Mississippi Valley will be in the 50s and 60s.

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