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UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, April 6, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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This week`s chaotic weather pattern will come to a conclusion for most of the U.S., and the end of the work week and the start of the Easter Weekend will end quietly. The only weather hiccup will be found across the northern Rockies and Carolinas, where a pair of storm systems will produce unsettled weather.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

Low pressure emerging off the Rockies` Front Range will feature everything from mountain snow to a bit of valley showers. Mountain snow will fly in the spring air in Idaho and Montana`s Bitterroot Range, where several inches will impact travel along Interstates 15, 90 and 94. Snow will fall across the highest peaks of the Pacific Northwest as well, but it will be more of a nuisance with very little in the way of accumulation expected.

Meanwhile, the leftover Pacific moisture behind the storm system will produce a touch of light showers along the Pacific Northwest`s Interstate 5 corridor. Although not a washout, windshield wipers and rain gear will be occasionally handy items to keep close by.

All the gray and gloom will hold temperatures in check today, with widespread 40s and 50s common, while the mountain peaks stay in the chilly 20s and 30s under a blanket of fresh snow.

The same storm system will bring a round of gusty south winds to the Northern and Central Plains. It will also gather just enough Gulf of Mexico moisture to deliver a few strong afternoon and evening storms along the western High Plains from Nebraska to North Dakota. Only a couple storms will reach severe limits with large hail and damaging wind gusts. Residents across the Northern Plains will still bask in above-normal warmth, with the mercury peaking in the 60s and 70s.

Outside showers and thunderstorms finally departing the Carolinas, Southeast and Florida, most of the Plains all the way to the Atlantic beaches will revel in plenty of April sunshine and quieter weather, but a return to more seasonable temperatures.

The coolest weather east of the Rockies, bar-none, will be from the Great Lakes to New England, where temperatures will only manage to hit the 40s and 50s. Even a few chilly upper 30s will grace residents in northern Maine. In contrast, the warmest temperatures will be found from southern California to Florida, with 70s and 80s the rule. The eastern slopes of the Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic beaches will see highs reach the seasonable 50s and 60s.

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