A real taste of spring is coming to the I-95 corridor today, with the temperature aiming at 50 in Boston and 70 in Washington, D.C. In Charlotte, N.C., the projected high of 79 is only 4 degrees short of the record set five years ago. Meanwhile, a strengthening storm will move from Missouri this afternoon to the New England coast by Thursday morning.
North of the storm, cold rain will transition to wind-whipped heavy snow. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany (or just north of there), N.Y., then Portland, Maine, are in line to get at least a half a foot of snow.
South of the storm, a cold front will trigger showers and thunderstorms, then usher in a blast of cold air. By Thursday morning, it will be in the teens in parts of Pennsylvania and down in the 20s as far south as the Carolinas. Then, just a couple of days later, mild air will stage a comeback (though that will not be permanent either).
This draft forecast map shows the heaviest snow from the upcoming storm is likely from northern Illinois to northern New England. Tomorrow afternoon, conditions may range from blizzard conditions in central New York to spring style thunderstorms in southern Pennsylvania.
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Coastal Southeast no warmer today than some of coastal Northeast