NEW YORK (Reuters) - A storm system moving up the East Coast is expected to bring areas of heavy snow and winds to New England on Friday, spreading into Maine late into the night.

Highs in the Northeast will be colder than average, ranging from the teens in the interior and northern New England to the 30s F along the coast from southern New England to Chesapeake Bay.

Snowfall in the north and east portions of the Plains hard red winter wheat region will help buoy soil moisture levels but dryness remains an overall concern in a large part of the western growing region.

Bitter cold temperatures may increase stress on the soft red winter crop in southern Illinois and northwest Ohio but no severe damage is expected.