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8:45 AM EDT, March 17, 2014

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Winter won`t let up its guard in the Mid-Atlantic to kick off the new work week. Meanwhile, a fresh winter storm will also blanket the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains on this St. Patrick`s Day.

Instead of plenty of green on St. Patrick`s Day, much of the Mid-Atlantic will wake up to a fresh coating of snow. Light snow will continue through the day with little additional accumulation. While the morning commute will be slowed by several inches of snow, secondary roads should be cleared by the drive home from work.

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

Farther south, warm, humid air ahead of the same storm system is driving showers and dangerous thunderstorms across Florida. Heavy downpours could cause flooding problems while the main severe threat will be damaging winds in places like Tampa and Orlando, Fla., through late-afternoon.

A fresh cold front sweeping into the Northern Plains will bring gusty winds, dropping temperatures and wind-blown snow in its wake across the Northern Rockies on Monday. Six inches to a foot will bury the Northern Rockies while wind gusts will top 65 mph at the highest peaks.

The only other weather hiccup will be along the Northwest Coast where spotty showers will dampen Seattle and Portland, Ore. Otherwise, sunshine will be in full-force from California and the Southwest into the Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes.

Highs will stay in the 20s, 30s and 40s for large stretches of the Northern Tier. Colder 20s will filter into the Great Lakes and Northeast with 30s in the Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures will rebound into the upper 40s across the Ohio Valley into northern Georgia and Alabama with more pleasant 60s along the Gulf Coast.

Breezy south winds will warm the Central and Southern Plains into the 60s with 70s and 80s common in the Southwest and through California. Much cooler 40s will chill the Northwest on Monday.

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