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The Associated Press
Sunday, February 27, 2011; 4:53 AM

-- Very active weather will persist in the West on Sunday as a bitterly cold Arctic storm moves through the Southwest and into the Plains. The same storm brought record-breaking minimum cold temperatures to parts of California on Saturday.

Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings are in effect for many parts of Arizona above a few thousand feet as several inches of new snow are expected. The snowfall will make travel difficult as drivers should exercise caution.

Snow also will push into Colorado and New Mexico, but the biggest story in New Mexico will be the wind this storm produces. High wind watches are in effect for much of New Mexico as winds gust up to 70 mph and limit visibility as it blows around newly fallen snow.

In the Northeast, bands of snow will move through New England, leaving dry conditions by the end of the day. Late in the day, rain and possibly some snow will shift into the Upper Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley.

Temperatures in the Northeast will rise into the 20s and 30s, while the Southeast will see readings in the 70s and some 80s. The Northern Plains will rise into the 10s and 20s, while the Northwest will see 20s and 30s. Temperatures in the lower 48 states ranged Saturday from a morning low of -36 degrees at Wolf Point, Mont., to 86 degrees at Edinburg, Texas.



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