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A pleasant respite from the rest of the winter will continue through the end the weekend in many areas.

The wettest area will be the Northwest as a Pacific storm breaks down a long-standing high pressure system that brought unseasonably warm and dry conditions to California and the Southwest. While no precipitation is expected for the Southwest from this storm, a markedly wet week is in store for the region. On Sunday, however, rain and high elevation snow will be confined to Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Meanwhile, a few inches of snow is likely in parts of New England, not nearly as intense as the blizzards of the past two months.

In the South, dry conditions will prevail as mild air pushes into the Plains - a welcome break for the nation's midsection after its record-breaking cold temperatures last week.

Temperatures in the Northeast will rise into the 20s and 30s, while the Southeast will see 50s and 60s. The Southern Plains will see temperatures rise into the 60s and possibly some 70s, while the Northern Plains will be in the 30s and 40s. The Southwest will be seasonably warm one more day with readings in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states ranged Saturday from a morning low of -16 degrees at Gunnison, Colo., to a high of 79 at Oxnard, Calif.



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