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UPDATED 9:30 AM EST, March 7, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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After dropping more than 20 inches in parts of the Virginia mountains, a now-offshore winter storm will continue to send rain, sleet, and wet snow onto the Northeast Coast today before it exits Friday morning. On the opposite side of the U.S., showers will cover parts of the West Coast from Seattle to San Diego. In between, most places will have rather tranquil weather.

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A rather potent winter storm will continue to bring snow, sleet, rain and fairly strong winds to the Northeastern Seaboard. This system will gradually move out and away from New England overnight and into Friday. The major locations that will be dealing with the wind and wintry weather will stretch from New York City along the coast to Boston, and eventually Portland, Maine. Strong winds off the Atlantic will continue the threat for high waves, beach erosion, and limited visibilities in falling snow. Temperatures will range from the lower-to-upper 30s from interior New England to the Northeast shoreline.

Farther south, parts of the Mid-Atlantic will dig out from yesterday`s snow, while others stay partly sunny and dry. Highs will range from the upper 30s to the upper 40s. Heading into the Southeast, highs will warm to the 50s in the eastern Carolinas and the 60s and 70s in Florida.

In the Great Plains, dry weather should be the rule as temperatures vary widely. Highs will only warm to the 20s and 30s in the Dakotas and Upper Midwest, with 40s and 50s in the central Plains. Heading farther south, the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley will see pleasant temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

For the western U.S., scattered showers will fall up and down the coast, with some snow mixing in along the interior mountains. Temperatures will rise to near 50 in Seattle and Portland, with highs in the 50s and 60s in most of California. Both rain and snow will fall in the Intermountain West and Rockies with highs in the 30s and 40s. The warmest weather in the nation will be in the Desert Southwest, with highs reaching the upper 70s in Phoenix.

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