Record cold prevails in the East today. While the cold will quickly fade west of the Appalachians, it will be slower to modify east of the mountains, and in no place will it be warm east of the Mississippi through the Easter Weekend. However, much warmer air will start building on the Plains by early next week, and it should spread eastward later in the week.
Several waves of low pressure will challenge forecasters in the coming days and lead to potentially large busts in weather forecasts. In the end, though the warmth in the coming days will be replaced by a much colder air mass from west to east by the middle of next week.
It's getting warmer and looking and feeling more like spring across the country, but after this surge of warmth will come a blast of cold air from the past, one that can include snow from the northern and eastern Rockies to parts of the Great Lakes and even the northern Appalachians.
The upper-level trough coming through the eastern half of the country will leave tomorrow night, opening up the door to a nice, mild stretch of weather late this week into the weekend from the Plains on east.
Slowly but surely we're throwing off the shackles of winter, and the weather is starting to look more and more like spring across the country, especially from the northern Plains and Midwest to the Northeast as the remaining snow cover gradually melts away.
A series of disturbances will create a wide variety of weather the rest of the week from the Plains to the East Coast that will encompass heavy snow, severe thunderstorms and flooding rain.
The next in a series of powerful spring storms developing on the Plains Thursday will eventually spark a significant outbreak of severe weather.
The powerful storm moving off the East coast has produced heavy rain and bands of heavy snow. As it leaves, a full-fledged blizzard will rage across parts of the northern Plains this afternoon and tonight. More snow and cold will accompany another storm heading across the Plains toward the Great Lakes later in the week.
A sure sign of spring is severe weather, and we've had some in the past 24 hours. More is expected across the South over the next 36 hours.