Spring to Bust Out Across the East This Week

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
April 3, 2014; 12:59 AM ET
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As tens of millions of people bid good riddance to March, spring will be busting out during the first week of April in the South, Northeast and part of the Midwest.

People took to social media, describing this March as being a penguin, lion, polar bear and even a stubborn mule.

"Who cares what March came in like or is going out like," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said. "The simple fact that it is departing is wonderful in itself."

The surging warmth will help lawns green up, buds to push out and blossoms to burst forth. People will be able to shed winter coats and break out short sleeves. The weather will be much more favorable for outdoor sporting activities ranging from jogging and bicycling to baseball and soccer.

As a storm stalls over the Central states with rounds of severe weather much of this week, a circulation around the storm will push warmer air into most places east of the Mississippi River.

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The pattern will send temperatures to near 80 degrees Fahrenheit in Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta, Raleigh, N.C., and Richmond, Va., during the middle and latter parts of the week. Temperatures will climb well into the 80s F in Columbia, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.

Highs will be in the 70s F most days around Nashville, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky.

Farther north, most days will feature highs in the 60s to near 70 F around Washington, D.C., to Cincinnati. Highs will be in the 60s F for at least a couple of days from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and New York City.

Multiple days with highs in the 50s F are forecast from Chicago to Detroit and Boston. In this swath, a push of cooler air will sweep eastward and is likely to keep the warmup at bay, but temperatures will still be significantly and consistently higher than they have been during much of March.

Temperatures averaged 4 to 8 degrees Fahrenheit below normal over a large part of the Midwest and Northeast during March. Many areas in the South averaged 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit below normal this past month.

Some showers and thunderstorms are projected to push eastward from mid- to late-week from the Ohio Valley to part of the Northeast.

At the end of the week, there may be a round of strong to locally severe thunderstorms from the mid-Atlantic to the Southeast as the slow-moving storm from the Central states picks up forward speed.

Chilly weather is forecast to return later in the weekend into next week from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast and interior South.

"If there is a zone that stays chilly more often than not through much of April, it will be the area from the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest and interior Northeast," AccuWeather Long Range Expert Paul Pastelok said. "The Southwest will have more days with above-average temperatures than below-average temperatures during April, and warmth will build quickly over the Southwest."

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