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UPDATED 8:30 AM EST, February 27, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The brutal winter continues today across most of the eastern U.S., with more arctic air keeping things on ice. An uncommon sight this winter, the bone-dry West will get a chance to use their umbrellas and snow shovels.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Miranda Hilger has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A large Pacific rainmaker moving ashore is bringing several waves of rain into northern and central California and the coastal Pacific Northwest today. This precipitation will spread east throughout the afternoon, producing snow in the highest elevations of the Sierra Nevada, Great Basin and the Rockies. A few showers could even make it into the greater Los Angeles area.

Even with the rainfall, highs will be in the 50s and 60s throughout California and the Northwest, with the interior mountains seeing highs in the 40s and 50s. The sunny Southwest and southern Rockies will be even warmer, with highs in the 70s and low 80s.

East of the Rockies, arctic air funneling out of central Canada will mean another sub-zero day from the central Mississippi Valley northward into the northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Highs in the minus-10 to minus-15 range are likely in northern Minnesota, with wind chill values diving to minus-20 to minus 30 degrees.

Although not as cold as their northern neighbors, the lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys, rest of the Plains, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will still be significantly colder than normal, with highs ranging from low 30s deep into the Tennessee Valley to teens and 20s in the Northeast and Great Lakes. A few pockets of light snow will add to the wintry misery across the Great Lakes and interior Northeast.

The southern Plains, Gulf Coast and Florida will see unseasonable 50s and low 60s, with thunderstorms and rain soaking most of southern Florida.

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