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UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, March 20, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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A fresh storm will remind Pacific Northwest residents that winter is not letting down its guard on the first day of spring. Winter will also put up a fight across the Great Lakes and Northeast where blustery winds and snow showers are on the weather menu. Even an escape to the Deep South won`t mean improved weather as showers eye the Gulf Coast and Florida.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

A strong low pressure careening towards the Northwest Coast will swoop inland this morning. Plenty of Pacific moisture will be squeezed out as heavy rain along the Washington, Oregon and northern California coasts.

While umbrellas will be needed from Seattle to Sacramento, Calif., enough cold air locked in place across the Cascades and northern Sierra passes will allow heavy snow to accumulate. Traveling along Interstates 80 and 90 could become difficult this afternoon. While the main thrust of the moisture spills onto the Northwest Coast, a few rain and snow showers will spill over to the northern Rockies as well.

Large stretches of the Gulf Coast and Florida will wake up to dreary skies with passing showers. As the front producing the rain motors east, the heaviest rain will slide across central and northern Florida, leaving a bit of afternoon clearing in its wake across the Gulf Coast.

The same storm packing heavy snow across the Interior Northeast will slowly spin into Canada. Moisture waves wrapping around the low will produce scattered snow showers from the Great Lakes through the interior parts of the Northeast. Accumulations will be minimal.

Meanwhile, much of the Southwest, Plains, Mississippi and Tennessee valleys and Mid-Atlantic will enjoy a dry day with intervals of clouds and sun.

Chilly teens and 20s will keep the winter coats in use across the Dakotas, Upper Mississippi Valley and western Great Lakes. Highs will stay in the 30s and 40s from the Central Plains to the Northeast and across the highest peaks of the Mountain West.

The warmth will be confined to the West, Southern Plains and Deep South. Here, the mercury will push into the 50s, 60s and 70s. The typical warmer spots in southern California, southern Arizona, Texas and Florida will see 80s.

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