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    Beware the Ides of March

    By Elliot Abrams, AccuWeather chief meteorologist
    3/14/2014, 8:07:57 AM

    Friday morning

    Here is today's video:

    William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout, 1623.


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    Beware the Ides of March! That warning was dramatic foreshadowing for Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. I'll use some of Shakespeare's play titles to explain the weather script for this weekend and early next week. Remember that the script will change as the drama unfolds, so Cassius later.

    The blast of cold into the Northeast yesterday was another Winter's Tale in a winter with many such tales. However, nightfall brought a Taming of the Shrew wind. Clouds formed over New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey overnight and this morning, but if the west wind will play right the clouds will move offstage this afternoon. I wouldn't call this a Midsummer Night's Dream, but with temperatures in the 50s late this afternoon and again tomorrow, a fair number of people will agree it is As You Like It.

    Later in the weekend, cold air will advance southward as a storm in the Gulf states causes a Tempest with rain and thunderstorms. That Merchant of Menace will come at least part way up the East Coast late Sunday and Monday. It will rain in Alabama, Georgia and in both of the Corolanus.

    Meanwhile, I don't expect a forecast of dry weather to be a Comedy of Errors for the Merry Wives of Windsor across from Detroit. It should also be okay near Chicago if you Romeo to Joliet. Farther south and east, we cannot say the chance of snow is Much Ado About Nothing. Measure for Measure, some places will get a lot of snow, and it will really change the scenery. On the other hand, professing to be able to determine how much each place will get three days in advance often turns out to be Love's Labor's Lost. So, we won't give the plot away for your Hamlet so early in the play. As I said before, Cassius later on the main stage for weather: AccuWeather.com.

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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