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The Northwest will continue to see wet weather Wednesday as a Pacific storm pounds the coastline.

Precipitation will move inland as well with interior portions of the Washington and Oregon getting rain and low elevation snow. On the coast, precipitation will fall mostly as rain with a few areas of snow in the higher elevations. Precipitation will also spread southward into California, bringing another shot of heavy rain and snow to the state. Northern California will see the heaviest precipitation, especially along the coast, but the Sierra Nevada mountains will also see very heavy snowfall. Several feet of snow could fall throughout the higher elevations by the end of the work week.

Late in the day, some of the precipitation will spill over the Sierras into the Great Basin, where snow levels will be lower.

In the East, low pressure will begin to strengthen in eastern Canada which should bring cloud cover and some wet weather to the Northeast. Chilly temperatures will accompany the precipitation, and light snow is possible, especially to the west of the Appalachian mountains.

The nation's midsection will continue seeing pleasant weather Wednesday as high pressure remains the dominant feature over the region. The cold front that brought frigid temperatures to the upper Plains on Tuesday will moderate substantially as it moves eastward so temperatures are not expected to be nearly as cold.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday ranged from a morning low of -9 degrees at Cut Bank, Mont., to a high of 88 degrees at Kendall, Fla.

Useful websites: Weather Underground: http://www.wunderground.com, National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov. Intellicast: http://www.intellicast.com

Jim Cline kite skis over frozen Lake Winnipesaukee in Tuftonboro, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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Published March 02, 2011 at 12:00 am (Updated March 02, 2011 at 9:31 am)

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