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8 AM EST, November 28, 2012

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The sprawling high pressure that has been providing stellar weather along the West Coast will lose its battle to a strong storm system edging onshore to the Pacific Coast today. Gusty winds, heavy rain and high elevation snow will pierce much of California. Meanwhile, the Rockies to East Coast will enjoy a quiet weather day filled with sunshine.

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

The almost week-long lull in the weather pattern along the West Coast will be interrupted by a strong low pressure that will send moisture waves onshore later today. The northern California Coast and the Sierra will feel the brunt of the storm.

As much as 2 inches of rain will pelt places like Eureka and Crescent City, Calif., today. The Sierra`s highest elevations will see more than a foot of heavy, wet snow while gusty south winds reduce visibility on roadways and foster power outages.

High pressure will still hold firm across the Great Basin, Southwest and Rockies, so places like Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Denver will have plenty of sunshine to go around. Another strong high will bring mostly sunny skies to the Plains and Southeast.

Snow showers will accumulate 1 to 3 inches in parts of the eastern Great Lakes while a few flurries glide across the northern Great Lakes. Otherwise, the Upper Mississippi Valley to Mid-Atlantic Coast can expect sunny to partly cloudy skies.

The Northern Tier, including the Sierra, will remain in the 30s and 40s. Highs will rebound into the 50s and 60s through California`s valleys, the Great Basin, Rockies, Plains and Southeast. The typical warm spots will be places like Phoenix, Houston and Miami where the mercury will warm into the 70s.

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