Northeast Cold Blast Follows Weekend Rain

By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
March 26, 2012, 5:17:55 AM EDT

A storm finally gone from the Plains will keep the Northeast damp this weekend. However, a quick blast of cold air follows the storm with a freeze and frost.

The same storm responsible for flash flooding in the South Central states this week will continue to spend this weekend crawling off the East Coast.

While the storm is sparking severe weather across the Southeast only spottier showers will fall in the Northeast today.

The rain is coming at a time when many have had little time to enjoy the record-breaking warmth from the past week.

However, folks who have been planting flowers and vegetables this week will want to take notice of a major freeze potential on the way Monday night.


Temperatures forecast to be more than 50 degrees lower early next week, compared to the 80-degree temperatures experienced of late, will be a big shock in itself. RealFeel® temperatures in some locations could be as much as 70 degrees lower Monday night, compared to the afternoons of this past week.

Some locations will have calm conditions and a frost. Others will have below-freezing temperatures and wind that can cause great damage to tender plants.

MORE INFORMATION: Freeze Potential High for the Northeast

Nurseries and garden centers that have racks of plants outdoors may want to move them indoors.

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