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Another Big Snowstorm Expected Next Week

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Last weekend, it was the East Coast of the United States that was battered by Winter Storm Jonas. This time, it's going to be the Midwest and Southwest.

People already are calling it the "Ground Hog Day blizzard," but forecasts are calling for the storm to hit a 1,600-mile stretch from Arizona to Michigan, starting on Sunday night.

But fortunately for the people living in those states, the weather won't be quite as intense as what the East Coast got. AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun predicts a 6 to 12-inch snowfall, with localized areas where it may get as deep as 18 inches.

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But the winds, which may top out at 50 miles per hour, will be powerful enough to cause power outages.

The the low-pressure front causing the storm will pass through the eastern Great Lakes and into Canada. That means that the East Coast probably won't get that much snow and sleet, but the National Weather Service forecast does call for several days of rain starting on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially has ranked Jonas as the fourth most severe snowstorm to hit the East Coast since 1850. The storm received a Category 4 or "crippling" rating on NOAA's Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale, which factors in the size of the affected area, the amount of snow and the number of people living in the storm's path.

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The most intense winter storm on NOAA's scale in that time period was the monster blizzard that hit the Mid-Atlantic and New England states in March 1993.

The federal government's website offers this page of advice on how to prepare for winter storms, and extreme cold, and how to cope during the storm as well.

Finally, Punxsutawney Phil, who's set to make his annual prediction of the remaining duration of winter on Tuesday, hasn't yet commented on the immediate forecast on his Twitter account.

Here’s the expanse of the winter storm predicted for next week.

The winners are in from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "Weather in Focus" photo contest, picked from more than 2,000 entries taken between Jan. 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. "From rainbows and sunsets to lightning and tornadoes, the winning photos aren’t just captivating to look at, but inspire us to look at the world in different ways," said Douglas Hilderbrand, NOAA's contest judge and Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Lead. "It was difficult to pick winners from so many good entries." In first place, from the category "Science in Action," is "Green Bank Telescope in WV" by Mike Zorger, Falls Church, Va.

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All 16 winning images will be displayed in a

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exhibit located on the NOAA campus in Silver Spring, Md., starting in July. Second place in "Science in Action" went to "Photographer captures the aurora" by Christopher Morse, Fairbanks, Alaska.

In third place: "Atmospheric Research Observatory" by Joseph Phillips, Boulder, Colo.

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And honorable mention also went to Joseph Phillips, Boulder, Colo. for "Atmospheric Research Observatory."

In the category "Weather, Water & Climate," first place went to "Snow Express" by Conrad Stenftenagel, Saint Anthony, Ind.

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In second place was "Proton arc over Lake Superior" by Ken William, Clio, Mich.

"With a Bang" by Bob Larson, Prescott, Ariz., won third place in the "Weather, Water & Climate" category.

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Honorable mention went to Alana Peterson, Maple Lake, Minn. for "Raindrops on a Leaf."

A second honorable mention was won for "Fire in the Sky over Glacier National Park" by Sashikanth Chintla, North Brunswick, N.J.

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In the category "In the Moment," first place went to "Smoky Mountains" by Elijah Burris, Canton, N.C.

Second place went to "Spring Captured: Freezing rain attempts to halt spring" by Mike Shelby, Elkridge, Md.

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And third place went to "Rolling clouds in Lake Tahoe" by Christopher LeBoa, San Leandro, Calif.

Of course the professionals had their own category. First place was won by Brad Goddard, Orion, Ill., for "Stars behind the storm."

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Brad Goddard pretty much cleaned up this category, winning second (and third) place with "A tornado churns up dust in sunset light near Traer, IA."

Third place went for "A tornado crosses the path, Reinbeck, IA" by Brad Goddard.

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“Fog rolls in from the ocean on a hot summer day, Belbar, N.J.” by Robert Raia, Toms River, N.J., won honorable mention in the pro category.

To see all of the images on NOAA's website, go here.