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9 AM EDT, March 18, 2014

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The second to last day before Thursday`s Vernal Equinox will be full of some spring and winter weather across the U.S.

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

Winter will maintain its grip across the Northern Plains and Rockies today. A new winter storm diving out of the Northern Rockies will bring snow from Montana and Wyoming all of the way into the Upper Midwest. Upwards of a foot of snow is possible near the western Great Lakes from this storm. On top of the snow, well-below normal temperatures will slowly rise into the low 30s.

The Northwest will see its own late-winter storm arriving off the Pacific. The coastal Pacific Northwest will see rain, with mountain snow falling across the highest Cascades. Temperatures here will be in the 40s, with cooler temperatures in the highest peaks.

The Northeast will also be locked into the cold, but unlike the Midwest, will be snow-free today. Even so, highs will struggle to rise into the low to mid-30s following a morning of sub-zero temperatures. The upside is the sun will be shining.

The Southeast and Florida will also have unsettled weather today. A departing low pressure system will bring morning rain and thunderstorms to Florida and the Southeast. The showers will end later in the day, allowing the clouds to break and the sky to clear.

The rest of the U.S. from California, the Great Basin and the Southwest eastward across the Southern and Central Plains, Mississippi and Ohio valleys and into the Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic will have plenty of sunshine today. The warmest temperatures will be in southern California, the Southwest, southern Texas, the southern Plains and Florida, where highs will be in the 80s, with the rest of California and the Deep South seeing 70s today.

Comfortable 60s will be found across the Central Plains, central Mississippi, lower Ohio and upper Tennessee valleys, with the Midwest, eastern Plains, Great Lakes, central Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic seeing highs only in the 40s and low 50s.

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