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UPDATED 9:45 AM EDT, March 31, 2014

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman

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The Mid-Atlantic will dry out while the Northeast holds onto rain and lingering wintry weather. Farther west, the Northern Plains will be smacked by a strong late-season snowstorm with Blizzard conditions. The West won`t stay dry either thanks to another storm system moving in from the Pacific.

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

A strong winter storm will wallop the Northern Tier with high winds and heavy snow today. Accumulations of more than a foot will fall across parts of North and South Dakota, as well as northern Minnesota. Winds gusts up to 50 mph will at times create whiteout conditions and hazardous travel. Farther east, a wintry mix of sleet and rain will fall across central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Elsewhere, scattered showers and thunderstorms will push across the Mid- and Lower Mississippi Valley.

Temperatures will be cold in the Northern Plains, with highs only in the teens and 20s in many locations. Warmer 40s and 50s will be found to the west and east of this storm, even as far north as the Twin Cities. Temperatures will warm up even more, into the 60s in 70s, from Chicago southward to St. Louis.

The Mid-Atlantic will finally dry out after a dreary weekend, but the Northeast and New England will hold onto some showers, with a wintry mix of sleet and snow falling in interior New England. Moving into the Southeast, a very pleasant start to the work week is expected with abundant sunshine.

Temperatures along the East Coast will range from the 30s in New England to the 50s in New York City. Highs in the 60s and 70s will be felt from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., as Florida sees temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

In the West, a system streaming in off the Pacific will bring rain and mountain snow to the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, and Northern California. Showers will fall from Portland, Ore., to San Francisco, and eastward to Boise, Idaho. Highs will generally range from the upper 40s to the upper 50s along the Northwest Coast and Great Basin. Southern California will see partly sunny skies with highs in the 60s and 70s, as the Desert Southwest warms to the 70s and 80s.

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