Chicago to NYC: Cold, Snow Will Fade to Spring Warmth

By Andy Mussoline, Meteorologist
April 16, 2014; 1:39 PM
Share |
Play video The above video details Northeast weather over the next couple of days.

A harsh blast of cold air that moved over the Northeast on Tuesday night will be quick to leave.

Rain ended as some snowflakes from Pennsylvania to Maine on Tuesday night. Some wet snowflakes were even seen in New York City as temperatures plummeted into the 30s.

Much of the precipitation tapered off by Wednesday morning with only some rain and snow along the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts.

Snow fell in Chicago from late on Monday into Monday night, which generally brought wet roadways to the area. However, some slick spots developed for the Tuesday morning commute as the low reached 26 F.

Detroit received just over 3 inches of snow late on Monday night into Tuesday morning, which made the 2013-2014 season the snowiest on record with 94.8 inches.

Record Lows Tuesday Morning

City
New Record(F)
Old Record(F) and Year
Madison, Wis.
18 (Tie)
18 set in 1928
Minneapolis
18 (Tie)
18 set in 1935
Omaha, Neb.
22
24 set in 1962
Fargo, N.D.
12
15 set in 1935
International Falls, Minn.
5
12 set in 1962
Dubuque, Iowa
21 (Tie)
21 set in 1928

Pittsburgh, Pa., dropped 30 degrees in six hours on Tuesday morning in wake of the strong cold front responsible for this cold blast.

"It's hard to get this quick of a temperature drop in January let alone April," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Gresiak said.

The cold will bring a widespread freeze in areas from Little Rock and Atlanta to Louisville, Ky., and Raleigh, N.C.

"The cold blast was totally unwelcome but it will be brief," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.

As quick as the cold blast came in, it will quickly bounce back.

The jet stream will retreat back to the north on Wednesday and Thursday, which will allow some of the southern warmth to build back northward.

"April is a big transition month," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. "There are these battles between the lingering cold across Canada and building warmth in the southern U.S."

Highs will rebound into the mid-50s in Chicago by Wednesday with similar highs getting back into New York City by Thursday.

The warmup will generally last into the weekend for many areas from the Midwest to the Northeast.

A weak storm could bring a quick day-long cooldown from the Great Lakes to the interior Northeast on Friday into Saturday. However, the strength and extent of this most recent cold blast will not be matched through the end of April as temperatures continue their upward swing heading deeper into spring.

Aside from a couple of showers, springtime warmth will prevail for Washington Nationals' and New York Mets' baseball fans with a hometown series this upcoming weekend. Sunshine and highs near 70 should prevail for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday in Washington, D.C.

Comments

Comments left here should adhere to the AccuWeather.com Community Guidelines. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News

Loading...

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High N/A
Low N/A
Precip N/A

WeatherWhys®

This Day In Weather History

New England (1949)
Heat wave in New England; Greenville, RI hit 102 degrees.

Marquette, Il (1988)
99 degrees for a date record.

Atlantic (1990)
Hurricane Bertha formed 450 miles east of Jacksonville, FL. Maximum sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 90 mph.