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UPDATED 5 AM EST, March 4, 2014

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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After several days of hectic, winter weather, a quiet pattern returns to most of the U.S. today. Even so, a few places will see snow.

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

A sprawling Arctic air mass settling across most of the U.S. east of the Rockies will produce an unseasonably cold day throughout the central and southern Plains, Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

After a subzero start to the day, the northern Plains, Great Lakes and extreme interior Northeast will struggle to climb back into the single digits and teens, with the rest of the Midwest, Great Lakes, eastern Plains, northern Appalachians and Northeast struggling to reach the lower to middle 20s. On top of that, a quick burst of snow will zip across the northern Plains and Great Lakes.

Even the mid-Mississippi and lower Ohio valleys and Carolinas will only warm to the freezing mark, with the Southern Plains, Gulf Coast, Southeast and northern Florida seeing 40s and 50s. A cold rain will also add to the chill across eastern Texas and southern Louisiana, where early-morning freezing rain and sleet will also be possible. The only place to see seasonal weather will be southern Florida, where highs will zip into the upper 70s and low 80s.

The U.S. from the Rockies westward will see more seasonal weather and temperatures. Plenty of early March sunshine will push temperatures into the upper 70s and low 80s throughout the Southwest and southern California, with the rest of California and the southern Rockies seeing 60s and low 70s this afternoon.

The Northwest will be cooler than California, with highs in the 40s and 50s accompanied by some afternoon showers and mountain snow in the highest elevations of the Mountain West and northern Rockies. The rest of the Rockies will be in the 50s and 60s.

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