After a snowy Easter Sunday across Maine, other parts of the Northeast and Great Lakes will see snowflakes fly as this week progresses.
A repeat of March's unusual and record warmth is not on tap to follow Easter Sunday across the Great Lakes and Northeast.
Instead, a stubborn storm will make cooler temperatures, brisk winds and spotty showers the norm through Today across the Great Lakes. The Northeast will have to deal with the unsettled weather into at least Thursday.
With enough cold air in place, some areas will see the rain showers mix with or fall as snow on one or even several occasions.
Residents of northern Maine may feel like they have already seen their fair share of snow this week. This Easter Sunday started with 3 to 6 inches of snow whitening many communities.
A little of this snow will persist across the higher elevations of northern New England, upstate New York and the central Appalachians today.
Additional snow showers are set to stream over the ridges and mountains from West Virginia to Maine as the Northeast remains unsettled into Thursday.
The air will remain too warm for snow along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to New York City to Boston.
Despite the snow showers set to occur on a nearly daily basis across the Northeast, the snow totals measured across northern Maine will not be rivaled during the upcoming days.
"A light accumulation is possible over some ridge and mountaintops," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bill Deger.
Such accumulations are most likely to occur during the nighttime hours and would be enough to create slick conditions for motorists.
Most snow will have a difficult time accumulating during the day due to the increasingly strong April sun. Even if a heavier burst coats the ground, the sun will prevent the snow from lasting more than a few hours.
Some residents throughout the Northeast will welcome the upcoming rain or snow showers, while others will regard them as a nuisance.
"The chilly, damp weather could end up ruining outdoor plans for those taking a few extra days off after the holiday weekend," added Deger.
On the other hand, the Northeast is in need of rain--evident by the elevated fire danger that spanned the region this weekend.
The problem is that the showers will not significantly wet the ground. That is especially true east of the Appalachian Mountains, where the showers will be brief and extremely spotty in nature.
In fact, the fire danger will remain elevated across the mid-Atlantic today with spotty showers not expected to arrive until Wednesday for parts of Virginia and areas south. Some places will stay completely dry through the end of the week.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
An abrupt and abnormal cold wave gripped parts of southeastern Texas in early December, catching many off-guard, including two native Southern California bobcats recently transferred to the area.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
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