This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at 02:00 PM 

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at 02:00 PM EST, shows a frontal system moving into the Pacific Northwest and northern California bringing rain and heavy mountain snow. Snow will continue to fall over the Great Basin as the system moves eastward. A cold front moving south over the Northern Plains will bring snow showers. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
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This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at 02:00 PM EST, shows a frontal system moving into the Pacific Northwest and northern California bringing rain and heavy mountain snow. Snow will continue to fall over the Great Basin as the system moves eastward. A cold front moving south over the Northern Plains will bring snow showers. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
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