A storm is replacing the sunny and dry past few days in the Northeast with wet weather, but how will the recent mild conditions endure?
After an already mild Sunday, temperatures ranged from 74 F in Washington, D.C., on Monday to 72 in Boston. Such temperatures are more typical of early May in D.C. and late May in Boston.
A storm that spread wet weather across the center of the country and into the Midwest and helped to pump in the mild air across the Northeast on Monday will track eastward through Tuesday.
"Overall, rainfall amounts will stay below half an inch, and will be light enough to avoid flooding," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jake Sojda said.
Some isolated locations in the higher elevations of the Appalachians and Adirondacks may have rain amounts near 1 inch.
Behind the rain, air from the Pacific Ocean will move in, bringing with it cooler conditions, but most residents will still be able to escape typical early March weather.
Temperatures will bottom out on Wednesday near the Great Lakes, and on Thursday in the northern half of New England, but still remain about 5 degrees above normal. Highs in the upper 40s to the lower 50s are expected for cities like Detroit and Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
Farther south, cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., will drop as much as 10 degrees from Tuesday to Wednesday, but will still hold on in the upper 50s and lower 60s.
Albeit not as warm as the start of the week, mild conditions are likely for the latter half of the week from the Ohio Valley to the Northeast.
"A more substantial burst of cold air is likely to pivot across the Great Lakes, central Appalachians and New England with below-average temperatures by this weekend," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
"While the coastal areas the mid-Atlantic will also cool down this weekend, the effects may not be as intense," Sosnowski said.
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