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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 8:45 AM EDT, April 21, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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It will be the tail of two-halves across the U.S. this weekend. A big Western U.S. warm up, an East Coast storm and dramatic cool-down and a few powerful Southern U.S. storms will be in the weekend weather highlights.

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

Today:

Most of the U.S. will be scot-free in a weather sense as the end of April draws closer. There are a few weather hiccups, however. Showers are splashing through the Ohio and Tennessee valleys this morning. Later today, the same front producing the rain will move to the East Coast with showers and embedded storms found across large stretches of real estate from northern Maine all the way to the Gulf Coast and South Florida.

Though severe weather won`t be widespread, residents heading out to the theme parks will be met by gully washers and a few fresh storms in places like Orlando, Tampa Bay and Miami, Fla. The rest of the East Coast will need to break out the rain gear and have umbrellas handy. Though it will be unwelcomed for outdoor plans, the rain is much-needed with a recent intensifying drought.

The only other weather hiccups will be a few showers across the northern Rockies, and a few snowflakes mixed in with the showers cruising across the Upper Midwest to start the weekend.

In an abrupt reversal of weather fortunes, the best weather across the U.S. will be found from the West to much of the Plains. Full compliments of April sunshine, temperatures will skyrocket to the upper-end of summer-limits for some today.

The only sign of winter will be across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, where chilly 30s and 40s will be the rule. While 50s and 60s grip the Northern-Tier, mild 70s and 80s will stretch from California to the Plains, as well as from the Sunshine State to the Connecticut River Valley. Those longing for summer-like temperatures will find them in the Desert Southwest, where triple digits will be on the menu.

Sunday:

The conclusion of the weekend will be a washout for many along the Interstate 95 corridor stretching from South Florida to Maine. Just like today, the rainfall will be beneficial in replenishing depleted reservoirs throughout the big Interstate 95 cities from Washington, D.C., to Boston. Though it will be a soggy ending, the good news is that the rain won`t be attached to any severe weather.

While a few showers invade the Pacific Northwest late on Sunday, and a few more snowflakes mix in the spring air for the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, the rest of the U.S. will be host to a splendid Sunday.

Once again, the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, along with a new partner in New England will play host to the coolest temperatures in the U.S. Here, all the gray and gloom will keep temperatures in check with 40s and 50s common. Much like Saturday, the Golden State all the way to the Carolinas and Florida will see the warmest temperatures, with 70s, 80s and 90s common. Even a few lower 100s will pop up in the Desert Southwest.

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