The nation's weather

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Posted: Mar 12, 2011 7:53 AM
The nation's weather

Snow and rain will taper off across the Northeast, while wet weather returns to the Northwest on Saturday.

A low pressure system in the Northeast will continue moving out of the region and into eastern Canada. The region will see a short break in wet weather as another low pressure system follows behind.

A system strengthened as it moved off the Northern Rockies and into the Northern Plains, where it brought blizzard conditions to the Dakotas. This system will continue skirting along the U.S. and Canadian border, bringing light and scattered snow showers to the Great Lakes region. Snowfall accumulation will remain less than an inch in most areas.

Meanwhile, in the West, a low pressure system spinning off the coast of British Colombia and the Pacific Northwest will make its way onshore on Saturday.

While the system will trigger scattered rain and high elevation snow showers over western Washington and Oregon, the system will also produce a cold front that will extend into northern California. Expect rain showers to turn to snow showers behind the front.

Snow levels will drop to 3,500 feet across the Cascades, while the northern Sierras will see snow above 6,000 feet. Near the coast and lower levels will see between a half of an inch and an inch of rain.

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