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UPDATED Midnight EST, February 13, 2014

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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A major winter storm will leave the Eastern U.S. buried under an assortment of snow and sleet today. The Pacific Northwest will continue to be drenched in much-needed rainfall.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Winter will ramp up as a potent storm unloads widespread, heavy snow throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Early morning commutes in the Mid-Atlantic will reach an inevitable standstill as bouts of snow accumulate throughout the morning. Locations west of the Interstate 95 corridor could see the potential for a foot of snow. The system will continue to push into the Northeast throughout the day Thursday, leaving 10 to 14 inches of snow in the western suburbs of Philadelphia and New York City. Snowfall will be more limited closer to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts as temperatures warm, with the possibility of an icy mix and even rain on the Delmarva Peninsula and locations along the New England coastline. Temperatures in the 30s will make for a wet snow while highs rise into the upper 30s and 40s closer to the coast.

The Pacific Northwest will welcome another round of rain as a series of disturbances bring copious moisture onshore. The detrimental drought plaguing the Northwest and Western U.S. will have its thirst quenched again as rain extends to Northern California and the northern corridors of the Intermountain West. At higher elevations in the Northern and Central Rockies, locations will see fresh mountain snow. The Northern Great Basin will manage to escape the wet weather as sunshine prevails between the Cascades and Northern Rockies. Temperatures will be in the 50s while higher elevations sink into the 30s and 40s.

Smaller disturbances will assure a wintry day for residents in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. A band of snow will push from the Dakotas to the Upper Great Lakes later in the day. Temperatures will drop into the bone-chilling single-digits in the Northern Plains, rising into the teens and 20s in the Upper Midwest. The Great Lakes will see highs in the 30s.

The remainder of the U.S. will see plenty of sunshine. Temperatures in the Central Plains and Southeast will be in the 40s while the Southern Plains rises into the 50s, 60s and 70s. The Southwest and West Coast will be in the 70s and 80s.

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