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Posted on January 30, 2014 at 5:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 6:03 AM

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

A cold frontal boundary will continue to move across the western third of the country on Thursday, while a separate cold front will move across the northern Plains, the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes.

Much needed precipitation will push across the West Coast on Thursday as a cold front treks across the region. Heavy snow will be possible across the Sierra Nevadas, while the foothills surrounding the mountains can expect a mixture of rain, freezing rain and sleet. Rain will also be possible across the state, which will help reduce drought conditions. Meanwhile, wet weather will also push across Oregon and Washington, while heavy snow will be possible across the Cascades. Another frontal boundary will extend from the upper Intermountain West to the central Plains, which will bring a round of heavy snow to the Rockies.

A separate cold front is expected to stretch from the central Rockies to the Great Lakes. Low pressure along this boundary will drive heavy snow across the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes, while lighter snow will be possible across the middle Mississippi Valley and the Ohio Valley. The southern Plains will stay clear of precipitation.

A high pressure system will dominate most of the East Coast on Thursday, although rain and thunderstorms are forecast to linger over Florida.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of -25 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a high of 82 degrees at Marathon, Fla.

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