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UPDATED 8 AM EST, February 28, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A winter storm that`s breathing its last gasp of snow and wind will push though the eastern Great Lakes into the Northeast today. In the Northwest, some rain and a wintry mix will fall on the region as much of the rest of the U.S. wraps up February on a tranquil note.

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

The winter storm that plagued the Plains will continue in the Northeast, but its punch will not be nearly as strong as it was when it slammed the nation`s midsection. Still, the highest elevations in New England could pick up a few more inches of snow by this evening, while the coastal cities from New York to Portland, Maine, see mainly a wintry mix or just plain rain. Along the Great Lakes, generally minor amounts of snow will fall from Indianapolis to Buffalo, N.Y. Highs will mainly hit the 30s in Chicago, Detroit, and Cincinnati. Along the East Coast, temperatures will warm to the 40s and lower 50s from Raleigh, N.C., to Boston.

In the Plains, a generally quiet stretch of weather will cover the region, with the exception of a few flurries in the Dakotas. Skies will range from mostly cloudy to mostly sunny, with highs in the 20s and 30s in the northern Plains, and 40s and 50s in the southern Plains. Along the northern Gulf Coast, temperatures should make it into the 60s, with warmer 70s in Florida.

In the West, coastal showers and an inland wintry mix will once again fall in the Pacific Northwest. Sunshine will be the rule in California and the Southwest. Highs will mainly hit the lower 50s in the coastal Northwest, with 30s and 40s in the higher elevations of the Great Basin. Temperatures will warm to the lower 60s in northern California, with highs in the pleasant 70s in Los Angeles and Phoenix.

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