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UPDATED 8:15 AM EDT, March 16, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A large winter storm will be the primary focus for weather issues to close out the weekend, with heavy snow and high winds buffeting the northern and central Rocky Front Range to the northern Plains. Even the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic will get in on its own share of unsettled weather today.

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Yet another late-season winter storm will pack a punch of wind-whipped heavy snow from the Rocky Front Range into the Dakotas, with several inches of fresh snow blanketing the ground by nightfall. A bit further south on the low`s warm-side across the Colorado Rockies and western High Plains, showers and even a few thunderstorms will percolate this afternoon and evening.

Temperatures will be drastically different from the Texas Panhandle to North Dakota and Montana, with teens and 20s covering the Northern-Tier, and spring-like 60s and 70s the norm along the western High Plains. It will be in the 30s, 40s, and 50s between these low and high points in the Nation`s Midsection.

The other weather maker today will be a stalled front draped from the Middle Mississippi Valley into the Mid-Atlantic. Its far northern fringes will interact with temperatures right around freezing, with a bit of light snow breaking out across the Appalachian Spine and parts of the northern Mid-Atlantic. Further to the south, it will be rain and even a few thunderstorms patrolling the sky.

The mercury will stay in the 30s and 40s for most, though the Ozarks, Tennessee Valley, and parts of the Carolinas will make a break for the 50s, 60s and even a few very low 70s today.

Aside from a few lonely showers along the Gulf Coast, and a reinforcing shot of rain in the Northwest, dry weather will dominate the Southern-Tier and West Coast. Temperatures in California will reach the 70s, with 60s and 70s likely from Texas to Florida. A few 80s will be common in the warmest portions of the South.

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