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UPDATED 6:45 AM EST, February 8, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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A major coastal storm will form into a full-scale blizzard across the Northeast on Friday, with heavy snow and strong winds. Another storm will move into the West, with snow in the Sierra and Nevada and rain in the valleys.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

An area of low pressure will cruise northward along the East Coast, bringing heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic. The storm could start with a mix of snow and sleet before changing over to all rain. Meanwhile, New York City will see rain to start the day, mixing with snow before becoming all snow. At the same time, a cold front will move eastward across the Great Lakes, bringing a ribbon of heavy snow from Detroit to Albany, N.Y.

The two storms will combine forces as they reach New England, becoming a monster blizzard wreaking havoc from Boston to Providence, R.I. Although the early part of the day will see just a couple inches of accumulation, the snow and wind will pick up dramatically by mid-afternoon. Evening rush will likely come to a stand-still with 6 to 12 inches of snow just by Midnight. Even more is likely overnight and into Saturday. Making matters worse, gusty winds are likely to blow and drift the snow.

A bit of rain and mountain snow will be common across the West as an upper-level low dives southward into California. This could bring a few thunderstorms to Los Angeles and San Francisco, while producing 6 to 12 inches of snow across the Sierra and higher elevations of the Great Basin.

Otherwise, high pressure across the U.S. midsection will produce sunshine today.

Warm temperatures will be common across the southern tier, with 60s and 70s from the Desert Southwest to the Carolinas and Florida. Chilly 20s and 30s will flood the Great Lakes and northern Plains, with seasonably 40s and 50s from northern California to Montana. Meanwhile, the developing blizzard will hold New England temperatures in the upper 20s, although the afternoon wind will make it feel more like teens or single digits.

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