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UPDATED 9:30 AM March 4, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The calendar may say March, but tell that to the northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley where a winter storm will dump more than a foot of snow in spots. The only other weather hiccup will be found across New England, where snow brushes will whisk away a touch of light snow today.

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

A complex winter storm will roll into the Dakotas, spreading an arc of heavy snow along the Interstate 90 and 94 corridors from Montana to Iowa. Even a few snowflakes will fly as far south and east as the Interstate 70 corridor in the Ohio Valley today. Residents across eastern Montana, North Dakota, and in northwestern Minnesota will be digging out of more than a half-foot of snow by this evening.

A bit of snow and gusty winds will also crest the Colorado Rockies today. The snow will cause a couple of travel headaches across the highest peaks, with a few inches possible.

The only other weather blip for the start of the workweek will be in Upstate New York and central and northern New England. Here, a bit of light snow and snow showers will blanket the ground. Thankfully, it won`t be associated with bitter cold though.

The rest of the U.S., including the West Coast, Southwest, and the southern Plains into much of the East Coast will be weather-free. Plenty of early-March sunshine will push temperatures to either, seasonable or unseasonably warm levels today.

The coldest temperatures will dominate the U.S. Northern-Tier from the northern Rocky Front Range to New England and the northern Mid-Atlantic states, where 20s and 30s will be common. A ribbon of 40s and 50s will extend from the Interstate 5 corridor in the Northwest to the eastern Carolinas. Toasty 80s and even a few lower 90s will cover the Southwest and Texas, while 60s and 70s will grow along the U.S. Southern-Tier today.

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