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UPDATED 8:15 AM EDT, April 23, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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A spring nor`easter will slide northward along the East Coast today, bringing heavy rain, snow and wind to residents across Maine, the Appalachians, and eastern Great Lakes. At the same time, the West will be the envy of Eastern residents, with record-setting temperatures.

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

An unusually powerful storm system will take up residence across the Northeast. The net result will be a heavy, wet accumulating snow from western New York to central West Virginia. Totals will range from several inches to more than a foot; the snow will weigh down trees, and could lead to widespread power disruptions for residents from Buffalo, N.Y., and Pittsburgh, to Elkins, W.Va. In addition, travel will be a difficult task along large stretches of Interstate 90, 80 and 79.

On the warm side of the storm, soaking downpours will roar up the Interstate 95 corridor across northern New England. Nashua, N.H., and Portland, Maine, will be a few of the Northeast cities in line for drought-busting rainfall. The silver lining is the rain will exit southern New England this morning, and could depart northern New England later this afternoon. There could even be a little sunshine by the end of the day.

Across the West, the weekend record heat and sunshine will march on into the new work week. Plenty of April sunshine will boost the mercury into the 70s and 80s across much of the Southwest, excluding the immediate coastal locations and Desert Southwest. Even hotter 90s and triple-digit heat will be found across southeastern California, southern Nevada and southern Arizona. Not to be left out, mild 70s will be common through the Great Plains.

In stark contrast, the falling snow and rain will keep temperatures in check for the eastern Great Lakes, northern New England and Appalachian Spine. Here, the mercury will stay in the unseasonably chilly 30s and 40s. Meanwhile, 50s and 60s will rule the rest of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River Delta to start the new workweek.

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