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Spring Fever: Cold Retreating From Midwest, Northeast, South

By Jon Erdman
Published: February 18, 2014

For those not living in Florida, the Southwest or Hawaii, we completely understand your winter fatigue.

(MORE: Cities Sick of Snow This Winter | Great Lakes Ice Nears Record)

For some, even temperatures warming into the 30s are eliciting thoughts of summer:

If that's triggering excitement, just imagine how excited people are getting this week as warm air spreads north and east!  Let's break down the warmer details by region.

(HIGHS MAPS: Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun)

Background

Wednesday's Highs

Wednesday's Highs

Wednesday's Highs

Wednesday's Highs

Background

Thursday's Highs

Thursday's Highs

Thursday's Highs

Thursday's Highs
Background

Friday's Highs

Friday's Highs

Friday's Highs

Friday's Highs

Northeast

Background

Tuesday's Forecast

Tuesday's Forecast

Tuesday's Forecast

Tuesday's Forecast

Midwest

  • Warmth expands: Not much change Wednesday, but a second push of warm air raises temperatures east of the Mississippi River on Thursday
  • Warm notables: Above freezing in the Twin Cities and the Great Lakes; 60s in parts of the Central Plains
  • City forecasts: Chicago | Detroit | Kansas City | Cincinnati

South

  • Warmth persists: Began Monday and lasts through at least Friday
  • Warm notables: 60s in the Tennessee Valley; widespread 70s Lower Mississippi Valley and southern Plains; 70s/80s in Florida; 80s and possibly a few lower 90s in parts of Texas
  • Mild nights: Widespread lows in the 50s and 60s by Thursday morning across most of the South
  • City forecasts: Austin | Okla. City | Atlanta | Raleigh | Orlando

West

  • Warmth persists: Much of the week in the Desert Southwest; retreats from Rockies Wednesday or Thursday
  • Warm notables: Salt Lake City hit 59 Monday; near 60 in Denver through mid-week; 65 to 70 in Albuquerque; 80s continue in Phoenix and Tucson
  • City forecasts: Las Vegas | Phoenix | Salt Lake City | Denver

Now, we didn't want to rain on this parade, but there are some issues with the warm-up. Okay, there are a lot of issues.

  • There will be clouds/rain. As warm air spreads north from the Gulf of Mexico, particularly in the middle of the week, expect areas of low clouds and rain in the nation's mid-section and parts of the South and East. With the exception of Florida, south Texas or the Desert Southwest, it's hard to have a clear, sunny, warm day in mid-winter.
  • There will still be snow. As part of the pattern change, a new storm system will bring blizzard conditions and possibly several inches of snow to the Midwest and Great Lakes Thursday through Friday.
  • There could even be severe weather. Throughout the "warm side" of the new storm system, moist air may set the stage for severe thunderstorms for parts of the Midwest, South, and East Coast by Thursday and Friday. Check our severe weather forecast for more details.
  • The thaw could lead to flooding. The combination of snowmelt, frozen ground, and ice-clogged rivers may lead to some flooding over northern parts of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, as well as far southern Lower Michigan.
  • This thaw will be short-lived in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest. After all, it is still February, right? Our forecast guidance suggests a potential winter storm in the late week timeframe, which would return cold air to these areas.
  • Cold may dominate the end of February. There are indications the final week of February may trend quite cold yet again in much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation.

So, bottom line...enjoy the interlude from this cold winter in the week ahead!

  

 

MORE: Scenes From First Day of Spring 2013

Badamwari, Kashmir

Badamwari, Kashmir

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Kashmiri park-goers walk past blooming almond orchards as spring arrives at Badamwari in Srinagar on March 18, 2013. Spring has arrived in Indian-administered Kashmir, which marks a thawing of the lean season for tourism in the Himalayan region. (TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Badamwari, Kashmir
  • Carmarthen, Wales
  • Kew, England
  • Nacogdoches, Texas
  • Winchester, Va.
  • Kew, England
  • Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Kew, England
  • South Walton County, Fla.
  • South Walton County, Fla.
  • South Walton County, Fla.
  • Carmarthen, Wales
  • Kew, England
  • Glendale, Ariz.
  • Glendale, Ariz.
  • Kew, England
  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Badamwari, Kashmir
  • Kew, England
  • Mazar-i Sharif, Afghanistan
  • Mazar-i Sharif, Afghanistan
  • Carmarthen, Wales
  • Kew, England

 


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