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Associated Press

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 4:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 4:37 AM

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, February 21, 2013. A major Winter storm will move out of the Rockies and into the Plains Thursday, allowing active weather to continue in the middle part of the country. This storm will carry significant moisture that will allow heavy snow to fall from the Texas Panhandle through Iowa. Winter Storm Warnings are posted for this area in anticipation of more than a foot of snow that is expected from Wednesday through Thursday. In addition to the excess snowfall, strong winds ahead of the center of the storm will instigate near blizzard conditions for the Plains.

The storm will also be associated with more than snowfall. A cold front will move through eastern Texas and into the Southeast Thursday. This front will gather significant moisture that will bring the possibility of severe weather from eastern Texas through Mississippi. This region could experience very strong thunderstorms that will have the possibility of becoming severe. The chance of Wintertime severe weather should not be taken lightly as there has already been several severe weather outbreaks in the Southeast since Christmas. Thus, residents should monitor local weather conditions and be prepared to protect life and property.

Elsewhere, some rain and high elevation snow is expected in western Washington and Oregon as Pacific moisture continues to stream into the region.

The Northeast will rise into the 20s and 30s, while the Southeast will see temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and some 80s. The Northern Plains will rise into the 10s and 20s, while the Northwest will see temperatures in the 30s in the highest elevations, 40s and 50s elsewhere.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of -27 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a high of 81 degrees at Fort Myers Airport, Fla.

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