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UPDATED 8:45 AM EDT, April 19, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West

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The busy weather week marches forward today with more snow, heavy rain, and thunderstorms pushing across the eastern-third of the U.S. In contrast, quieter weather will settle into more of the West.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.

The same storm system that brought snow to the Rockies and northern Plains, and severe storms to the central Plains and Midwest earlier this week will push into the East to conclude the workweek.

Heavy rain and embedded strong-to-severe thunderstorms will accompany the downpours from the eastern Gulf Coast all of the way into New England, with frequent lightning, gusty winds, and small hail being the biggest threats. Temperatures will reach into the 70s in the Northeast and New England, with the Southeast seeing low 80s before the rain arrives throughout the afternoon.

The same storm system moving into the East will bring heavy snow to the Upper Midwest and western Great Lakes. Several inches of snow will fall as temperatures linger in the low 30s.

The only other weather trouble will be found in the Northwest, where a new Pacific storm will bring pockets of heavy rain from the Pacific Coast all of the way into the Intermountain region. The highest elevations of the Cascades and northern Rockies could see a bit of snow too. Temperatures will be in the 50s, with higher elevation locations seeing 40s.

Quiet weather will dominate California, the Southwest, southern Rockies, and most of the central Plains from Texas to the Dakotas. Temperatures will be chilly for this time of the year throughout the Plains and Rockies, with 40s common in the Dakotas, and 50s and 60s found throughout the Plains, Rockies and into Texas. California and the Great Basin will be warmer with 70s and 80s.

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