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UPDATED 10 AM EST, February 24, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The Northeast, Front Range, and western Plains will be at the mercy of a winter storm to close out the weekend while quiet weather will dominate most of the rest of the U.S.

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

Low pressure will pull away from the southern New England Coast today, with any mixture of rain and snow changing to all snow and collapsing to the coastal plain by later this morning. It will leave behind a few inches of slushy snow along the Interstate 95 corridor from Boston to Providence, R.I., with several inches falling from southern New Hampshire to Downeast Maine.

Light snow will be more of the nuisance variety across northern New England, where only a few inches will grace residents.

All the while, a new storm system will emerge off the Rocky Front Range and into the southern Plains later this afternoon and evening. Snow will spread from Rocky Front Range into the western High Plains, with significant accumulations possible in Denver and along the eastern Colorado foothills.

If that weren`t enough, the system will also trigger a few dangerous thunderstorms late this afternoon and evening across the western Texas Plains. Initially large hail will be the biggest concern, though a few storms could also pack gusty winds and a few brief tornadoes. Places such as Abilene, San Angelo, and Wichita Falls, Texas, will all need to be on the lookout for threatening skies.

The only other weather hiccups will be rain and snow showers in the Northwest and scattered rain showers and thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast.

Temperatures will be typical for late February across the U.S. Highs will reach into the 20s, 30s and 40s in the Northwest, Mountain West, much of the Central and Northern Plains and from the Mississippi Valley to the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

Interstate 5 through California will see highs jump into the 50s and 60s with similar readings in the Southwest, Mid-South, Tennessee Valley and Carolinas. The Deep South will warm nicely into the 70s and 80s.

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