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UPDATED 9:30 AM EST, March 5, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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Two big winter storms will litter the U.S. today, causing major trouble for several widespread locations in the U.S.

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

The biggest winter storm, extending from the central Gulf Coast northward into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, will bring heavy rain, wintry mix and heavy snow in its path. Accumulating snow will fall from the Upper Midwest southeast into the eastern Plains, with the Twin Cities, Chicago and Milwaukee seeing total accumulations exceeding 6 inches.

Across the Ohio Valley, a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will be found as temperatures fluctuate near the freezing mark. The snow will make its way into the Appalachians later in the day. Across the Tennessee and lower Mississippi valleys, South and central Gulf Coast, temperatures in the low to middle 40s and a cold rain will make for a soggy, gray day.

The gray skies and showers will move into the Southeast later today, keeping temperatures from escaping the low to middle 60s. The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will begin to see increasing clouds from this same system with temperatures rising into the low 40s. Florida will be in the upper 70s as it misses out on the bad weather heading east.

The other big winter storm threatening the U.S. will arrive on the West Coast today, bringing heavy rain to coastal northern California, Oregon and Washington. Across the Cascades and northern Sierras, this storm will bring heavy snow to the highest elevations. Temperatures will be in the low 40s in the rain, with low 30s in the highest elevations where snow falls.

Between these two systems from southern California to the Midwest and Mississippi Valley will be plenty of sunshine. Temperatures will range from the 70s to near 80 degrees across southern California, the Southwest and southern Texas, to the teens in the Dakotas. Highs in the 20s and 30s will be in the northern Rockies and central Plains, with 40s, 50s and 60s found in ribbons across the Great Basin, Mountain West, southern Rockies and Southern Plains.

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