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UPDATED 8:30 AM EDT, April 22, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A reversal of weather fortunes will be in the cards for those across the two U.S. Coasts to conclude the weekend. A massive Western U.S. warm up will expand, while falling temperatures and a large storm system damper the spring mood along the Eastern Seaboard. Even in between, the weather will be near picture-perfect.

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Completely opposite the Western U.S. tranquil weather, the East Coast from South Florida to Maine will be pelted by waves of heavy rain and even a few embedded thunderstorms. Any outdoor plans along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor will be a washout, also threatening postponements for big league ball games from Washington, D.C., to New York City and tonight`s Red Sox and Yankees nationally televised game. The bit of good news is that the rain will ease the intensifying drought, and won`t be attached to any severe weather. Only the eastern fringes of North Carolina stand the best chance at a few severe storms capable of damaging winds and tornadoes.

The only other weather interruptions will be found across the western Great Lakes, Mississippi Valley and extreme-reaches of the Pacific Northwest Coast today. Though a few snowflakes will mix in with the raindrops for northern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, it will be more of a nuisance and won`t accumulate on the ground. Elsewhere, just a few spotty showers won`t damper the mood in an otherwise splendid end to the weekend.

Capping a great late-April weekend in a weather sense will be from the Golden State to Plains, where a sunshine-filled sky will boost temperatures to levels typically seen in summer.

The U.S. will be a tale of contrasts temperature-wise. The summery temperatures will be found from the West Coast and California all the way to Texas, where 70s, 80s and 90s will be the rule. Even a few triple digits will dot the Arizona and southern California deserts. The Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and Northeast will see unseasonably chilly 40s and 50s. In between, 60s and 70s will dominate through the Plains and Southeast, with the Sunshine State topping out in the lower 80s.

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