Over the course of a few days, arctic cold was replaced by springlike warmth in the East with temperatures as much as 50 degrees warmer on Saturday compared to last Tuesday.
Temperatures climbed into the 50s across portions of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday afternoon after only reaching the single digits and teens on Tuesday.
Many locations established new records on Tuesday for coldest maximum temperatures. High temperatures on Saturday in some of those same cities were near or tied their record for the date.
Last Tuesday, Daytona Beach, Fla., set a new record for coldest maximum temperature when the high only reached 42 degrees. On Saturday they soared to 84 degrees, which tied the record high for the date set most recently in 1991.
The warmth was accompanied by soaking rain across a majority of the East.
In the Southeast, the warm and moist air fueled powerful thunderstorms that rolled through the region.
These intense storms contained winds strong enough to bring down trees and power lines from eastern Alabama and northern Florida to southeastern Virginia.
A wind gust of 86 mph was measured at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina as severe thunderstorms plowed through the area.
Tens of thousands of Duke Energy customers were without electricity by sunset on Saturday as a result of the storms, according to the company's website.
Cooler air will settle over the East on Sunday, followed by a brief warmup to start the week.
Temperatures are expected to return to below normal in the East by midweek and there could be another blast of arctic air late in the week.
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As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast starting on Sunday evening.
A new storm will form over the weekend across the Plains and will spread snow and ice eastward through the Midwest.
As a snowstorm unraveled from Texas to North Carolina and Virginia, snow and ice left a trail of disruption on Wednesday into Thursday.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
Storms will continue to affect the West through this weekend and into next week with rounds of precipitation for some needy areas as well as trouble for travelers.
While much of central and eastern North America is still locked in a deep freeze, the warmth cascading across the Pacific Northwest in recent weeks has sparked the early flowering of sakura blossoms in the region.
New England (1717)
First of a series of storms of The Great Snow which finally left about 36" on ground, held Boston snowbound for 3 weeks. Great barometric depression moved across Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. Lowest pressure 28.71" at Springfield, IL.
Harrisburg, IL (1999)
A thunderstorm wind gust to 80 mph causing a roof to be blown off a house and a car to be blown off the road.