Spring thaw underway as warmer temperatures wipe away late-season freeze across South

After a cold start Tuesday morning, warmer conditions will return to the South, with above-average temperatures expected by late in the week.

The same high pressure that brought the late-season cold streak to the region – and prompted the National Weather Service to issue freeze alerts for nearly 50 million Americans across the South early this week – is shifting east.

Temperatures dipped as low as 29 degrees in Charlotte and 31 degrees in Montgomery Tuesday morning, with Atlanta and Nashville nearing the freezing mark.


Temperatures spring back midweek.
Temperatures spring back midweek.

While Tuesday will remain cooler than average, a warmup is on the way.

By the middle of the week, a northward shift in the jet stream will pull in warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and allow that to fill into the eastern half of the country.

By Thursday, more than 200 million people from the Gulf Coast to New England will enjoy temperatures well above average for this time of year.


Many parts of the South and Northeast will experience above average temperatures Thursday.
Many parts of the South and Northeast will experience above-average temperatures Thursday.

Many cities will see temperatures rise significantly by Thursday.

Atlanta is expected to see a high temperature of about 62 degrees on Tuesday. However, by Thursday, the city will be enjoying temperatures around 82 degrees.

Hatteras in North Carolina will likely see a high temperature of around 56 degrees Tuesday and will rise to around 70 degrees by the end of the week.