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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It's shaping up to be a wet and stormy end to the weekend across the Southeast with the risk of flooding and severe thunderstorms.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.
Mother Nature will bring another blast of winter weather from Missouri to Delaware before spring arrives.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Cleveland area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
Eastern States/ Central States (1843)
Great snowstorm swept from Gulf of Mexico to Maine: Snowfall amounts: Location: Inches: Little Rock, AR 8.0 Memphis, TN & Washington, DC 10.0 Baltimore, MD 12.0 Philadelphia, PA with drifts of 4-5' 12.0 New York City, NY 12.0 Snow, then rain in Boston 4.0-6.0
1-2 feet of snow from Grant to Estes Park (15th-16th).
Concordia, KS (1924)
17.2" of snow.