The Nation's Weather

Published February 20, 2012 9:54AM (EST)

The wintry precipitation event in the Mid-Atlantic will wind down on Monday as the system pushes offshore.

Bands of light to moderate snowfall blanketing inland North Carolina and Virginia will taper off by the morning leaving behind an additional 1 to 3 inches of snowfall. As the system pulls away from the Mid-Atlantic coast, wrap around winds will usher moisture back into the region and will allow rain showers into the early afternoon.

Behind this activity, a storm system moving through the Central Great Basin will move into the Central Plains. Cold air on the northern edge and behind the system will support light to moderate snow showers with areas of sleet from Colorado to South Dakota. Ahead of this system, light to moderate rain showers are expected to spread across Oklahoma, Kansas, and eastern Nebraska. Snow showers will spread into the Upper Mississippi Valley by the evening, while rain and isolated thunderstorms spread into the Mid-Mississippi Valley.

Finally, in the West, a warm front will move onshore into the Pacific Northwest and will push eastward through the day. This system will bring more rain and mountain snow northwestern California through western Washington as it progress. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of -7 degrees at Ely, Minn., to a high of 87 degrees at Miami.

By Salon Staff

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