Winter interrupted by record warmth in Northeast
In addition to the warmth, a storm will infiltrate the region and spread rain along with some snow and ice in higher elevations.
A number of record highs were set across the northeastern U.S. over the weekend as a surge of springlike warmth made it feel like anything but the middle of January.
A total of 61 locations across the Ohio Valley and Northeast set new temperature records on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Temperatures soared 15-35 degrees above normal across the region.
Some high temperature records that were recorded as far back as the late 1800s have been toppled including in Erie, Pennsylvania, and Columbus, Ohio. Both cities reached a high of 71 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking their records of 66 from 1890.
New York City also reported new record highs Saturday. At Central Park, the high of 69 broke the old record of 63, while at Laguardia Airport in Queens, the temperature of 66 surpassed the previous value of 62. Both records were originally set in 1975.
Boston Logan Airport hit 70, only the third time Boston has reached 70 degrees or warmer in January since 1872 when records began, according to the NWS.
Boston, Hartford, Providence and Worcester in Massachusetts all broke daily high records for the second day straight, and Boston and Providence both set new all-time January record high temperatures.
Pittsburgh broke its 130-year-old temperature record this weekend when the thermostat showed a reading of 70. Saturday's old record high in the Steel City stood at 68 from 1890.
Charleston, West Virginia, crushed Saturday's daily record of 71 set just last year when temps reached 80 around 3 p.m.
The storm system brought downpours and high winds to the region on Saturday night as conditions remained balmy, generally in the 60s.
The record warmth continued on Sunday for portions of the Northeast.
New York City topped out at 67 degrees on Sunday morning, beating the record of 66 from 2017.
Islip, New York, reached 68 degrees, and Bridgeport, New York, 69 degrees by Sunday afternoon, both cities beating their daily record highs by 10 degrees and 14 degrees, respectively.
Other areas in New York that set a new record daily high by Sunday afternoon was Central Park at 68 degrees, Newark at 69 degrees and JFK Airport at 68 degrees.
Boston topped out at 67 degrees as well on Sunday morning, beating the standing record of 63 from 1932. The city reached 74 degrees later in the day, beating the warmest January temperature ever recorded in the city of 72 set in 1950.
A high of 74 degrees in Boston is more characteristic of early June weather, rather than January.
Behind the storm, highs will be in the 40s and 50s across the mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England on Monday, which is still 10-15 degrees above average for mid-January.
Even locations that didn't break records had temperatures above normal for January. Burlington, Vermont is one instance where a high of 59 degrees was reached on Saturday among periods of rain.
Rain, wind and temperatures of 60 degrees on the morning of Sunday, January 12, managed to melt a lot of the snowpack in Hartland, Vermont (Photo/@VermontJen).
The combination of the warmth and rain managed to melt a lot of the snow on the ground across northern New England, the area of the Northeast that has been hardest hit by winter thus far.
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