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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 9:30 AM EDT, April 6, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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Much of the northern tier will be at the mercy of stormy skies this weekend while spring warmth rules most of the southern tier.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.

Today:

One storm system will scoot from the Dakotas to the Great Lakes. On its northern fringe, snow will slide across central and northern Minnesota and the Upper Great Lakes.

Three to 5 inches will blanket places such as Duluth, Minn., Rhinelander, Wis., and Marquette, Mich. Rain and a few rumbles of thunder will greet the remainder of the Upper Midwest and southern Great Lakes.

A second storm system lumbering onto the British Columba Coast will swing Pacific moisture inland into the Northwest and northern Rockies. Windshield wipers and rain coats will be needed from northern California to western Washington with light snow polishing the northern Cascades and northern Rockies with 2 to 4 inches expected.

Meanwhile, much of the southern tier will enjoy warm, dry and sunny weather.

The Dakotas, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes into the northern New England will stay on the chilly-side, with temperatures only managing the 20s and 30s for highs. In stark contrast, the California and Arizona Deserts into western Texas will be balmy in the 80s and a few very low 90s. In between, the mercury will range from the 40s to the 70s today.

Sunday:

The Northwest and Mountain West will be the focus for the most rain and snow, while soggy weather unfolds across the Mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys.

A second low pressure area will get kicked east from the Pacific but this one will descend upon the Northwest instead of British Columbia. A few downpours will rush onto the Northwest and northern California coast while more snow piles up in the Cascades, northern Sierra and northern Rockies.

The Great Lakes storm will become the Northeast`s problem to conclude the weekend. A few rain and snow showers will crest Upstate New York into Maine. In between the Northwest and Northeast storm systems, a bit of shower activity will develop during the day from the central Plains to the Ohio Valley.

The southern tier will stay warm with just a few nuisance showers rolling along the Gulf Coast.

The southern tier will climb into the 70s, 80s and lower 90s once again. Chilly 30s and 40s will rule the northern tier with 50s and 60s in between, primarily along Interstate 70.

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