A portion of the Easter weekend will be dampened by rain and thunderstorms across much of the eastern half of the nation.
The rain, especially downpours and heavier thunderstorms, will lead to wet travel and low visibilities from Little Rock, Ark., to Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday. Rain will quickly move eastward on Sunday, impacting Nashville, Tenn., Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Buffalo, N.Y.
Umbrellas should not be needed in the Interstate 95 corridor for sunrise services on Easter Sunday, but rain will develop during the day in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
Unlike recent storms, the vast majority of what falls from this storm system will be in the form of rain, with just a few snow showers on the back side of the system on Sunday in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
The storm will begin to develop on Friday along a stalled front sitting across the southern Plains. Showers and a few thunderstorms will fire up along the front, especially across portions of Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The developing storm will then link up with a cold front coming down from the Northwest to produce more widespread showers and thunderstorms on Saturday, with rain approaching Chicago and St. Louis, Mo., by the end of the day. A few heavier thunderstorms are possible across Arkansas, western Tennessee and Mississippi.
Out ahead of that front, the cold air will continue to retreat and allow for milder weather to move into the East, where temperatures have been below average for much of the week.
By Sunday, the rain will push eastward into the mid-Atlantic states, with a few thunderstorms developing in the Southeast along the cold front.
Many thunderstorms over the weekend will contain heavy downpours, but the ingredients will not be in place for a widespread severe weather outbreak.
Any snow on the front end of the system should remain locked up in Canada thanks to milder air moving northward out ahead of the front. However, colder air will wrap around the storm on Sunday, allowing for a few snow showers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some snow could fall for a time Sunday night into Monday over part of the central Appalachians and areas immediately east lakes Erie and Ontario.
That cold air will continue to spread southeastward into the eastern part of the country early next week, providing another cold shot to welcome in the month of April. This cold waves will continue across the Midwest and Northeast during the first part of April.
At 4:22 a.m. local time, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu approximately 94 miles away from Namie, Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
Welcome dry weather for cleanup efforts across Japan in the wake of Neoguri will be brief.
As the Northeast continues to clean up from destructive storms early this week, more rounds of severe weather and flash flooding loom for early next week.
Parts of the South will get major relief from heat, humidity and storms next week while other locations will be at greater risk for flash flooding.
Heat-related dangers will be on the rise over the weekend for much of the Northwest as scorching heat settles in.
Richmond, VA (1975)
3.01" of rain fell in evening thunderstorms. This was the second day of 9 straight days in which measurable rain fell. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in this period. Rainfall in July, 1975 totalled 12.29 inches.
Gulf of Mexico (1979)
Hurricane Bob, 140 miles SSW of New Orleans moved ashore at Grand Isle, LA; New Orleans had 70-mph gusts, trees and power lines went down. Gulfport, MS had 6 inches of rain in 24 hours. Four tornadoes, 2 in SE Louisiana, 1 in Florida and 1 in SE Alabama. A total of 2.16 inches of rain in Baton Rouge, LA in 6 hours.
Medina, TX (1988)
Close to 13 inches of rain; flash flooding killed 2 people.