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Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, March 08, 2014

A wave of low pressure will move across the central portion of the U.S. on Saturday, while a cold front is expected to approach the Pacific Northwest.

A pair of low pressure systems will move across the central U.S. on Saturday as a cold front dips southward over the region. Cold, blustery conditions will accompany the cold front as arctic air moves across the Plans, the Midwest and parts of the Ohio Valley. As low pressure interacts with this frontal boundary, a mixture of heavy snow and freezing rain will develop across the southern Plains and the central Mississippi Valley. Lighter snow showers will stretch from the central Plains to the northwestern corner of the Ohio Valley. Thunderstorms are expected to occur over eastern Texas, while rainy weather will possible from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley. The Southeast will stay clear of rain as high pressure builds along the northeastern corner of the Gulf of Mexico.

Out west, a cold front will approach the Pacific Northwest on Saturday. Ahead of the cold front, rainy weather will push across Washington, Oregon and northern California. This system will also bring a wintery mix of rain and snow to the Cascades. The Southwest will avoid precipitation due to high pressure along the coast of southern California.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of -16 degrees at Saranac Lake, N.Y. to a high of 84 degrees at El Centro, Calif.

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