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8:30 AM EDT, April 9, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The mostly stellar U.S. Easter holiday weekend will encompass even more of the Lower 48 states for the start of the new work week. The unfortunate news is there will be a few weather interruptions, including spring-time storms in the southern Plains and snowflakes across New England.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Low pressure spinning across northern New England will be the catalyst for more slushy light snowfall in Maine and the higher terrain of New Hampshire, Vermont and Upstate New York today. Though most will melt upon contact with the ground, a few slick spots will arise along Interstates 95, 91, 89 and 87 across northern New England and into upstate New York.

Fortunately, splashes of spring sunshine will keep the precipitation in the form of spotty showers from the Great Lakes into the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England.

Despite all the gray and gloom, the mercury will still rise near seasonal norms from the Great Lakes into the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Highs will range from the upper 30s and lower 40s across northern Michigan and northern Maine, to the middle and upper 60s along the I-95 corridor, including Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Thankfully, gusty winds won`t be too much to bear.

The only other weather hiccup across the U.S., aside from a few showers encroaching the California and Oregon coast, will be a flare up of potent afternoon thunderstorms from Texas to south-central Kansas.

The rest of the U.S., including much of the West, the Northern and Central Plains, and into the Southeast will revel in plenty of sunshine and seasonably mild temperatures today.

The chilliest weather across the contiguous U.S. will be found across the Dakotas and Upper Midwest, where temperatures will struggle to rise through the 30s and 40s. For a change, the West will be on the warmer-side of things, with highs ranging from the 60s in the Northwest, to the upper 80s and lower 90s in the Desert Southwest. Balmy 70s and 80s will also reside from the Central and Southern Plains all the way to the Carolinas and Florida.

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