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10-23-2010, 08:22 PM
Wicked weather for West; South, East stay mostly dry
Updated 1d 3h ago

By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY

The Northwest will get a winter preview this weekend as a strong storm batters the region, while the Southeast continues to be dry and warm, exacerbating drought conditions and wildfire concerns.

Nasty Northwest: A potent storm will pound the Pacific Northwest both Saturday and Sunday. Strong winds and unusually chilly temperatures are likely, especially Sunday, with drenching rain along the coast and heavy snow in the mountains. The heaviest rain will be in far northwestern California. Up to a foot of snow is possible in the Cascades on Sunday and into Monday.

Wet and wild in the center: The storm that brought unsettled weather to the Southwest this week will move into the central Rockies and Plains Saturday and upper Midwest on Sunday. The heaviest rain and strongest thunderstorms are expected across the central and southern Plains Saturday and in the Great Lakes and upper Midwest on Sunday.

Some of the thunderstorms Saturday could reach severe levels in the Plains, where large hail, damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes are possible.

Warm, dry South and East: The Southeast and East Coast will stay warm and dry, with the exception of New England, which will be windy, showery and cool. Temperatures will be above average almost the entire eastern half of the country, with highs soaring into the 70s and 80s throughout the Southeast, Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic.

USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/weather/forecast/2010-10-22-national-weekend-weather-forecast_N.htm)