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Rainy and Cold for the Northeast this Weekend

8 May 2021, 12:15 pm

It will be a cold and unsettled Mother’s Day Weekend in the northeast with multiple waves of potential rain expected! We’ll break it down day by day for you here so you can bring your own sunshine to Mom’s Day! First, let’s talk about the temperatures, which are below average for the upcoming weekend. For more on the extended outlook, hop to the bottom of the article!


Lows fell into the upper 20s and low 30s in some spots in the Great Lakes and upper Midwest on Saturday morning.

With the jet stream pattern reinforcing cool air in the next few days, Sunday morning will also be chilly. However it should not be quite as cold as Saturday morning. Temperatures could drop into the middle or upper 30s in central Pennsylvania and western New York state, enough to cause patchy frost on vegetation. Be sure to bring plants inside if possible, or cover them if they’re unable to be moved.

The temperaure trend will be to stay cool compared to average through the middle of May. This indicates the active jet stream pattern will continue to bring in reinforcing shots of cooler air from Canada  along with keeping rounds of rain in the forecast.

A coastal low will increase winds right along coastal New England on Saturday but will be too far off-shore to bring widespread showers. Only coastal portions of Maine as well as the Cape & the Islands of Massachusetts may see a bit of rainfall, and plan on a decent amount of cloud cover, especially for southern New England. Showers will decrease in coverage into the evening hours as they lift north. However more rain will be on the way along and north of the warm front that will lift out of the Mid-South.


Another approaching low pressure system will bring showers & wind to the Ohio River Valley on Sunday by the morning hours. Meanwhile, for the northeast, we should be mainly dry for much of the morning hours on Mother’s Day with heavy rain arriving for Western NY by Sunday afternoon and evening, spreading east into Monday.

Isolated strong to severe thunderstorms are possible in the Ohio Valley near the cold front late Sunday. Some could remain strong moving into western Pennsylvania through the evening with gusty winds, but severe storms are nnot expected at this time.

We are also anticipating strong winds with the Mother’s Day low pressure system. It would be a good idea to secure anything that could blow away as we could see widespread gusts between 40-50 mph Sunday night!

We are covering the cooler-than-average weather & wet-weather opportunity on WeatherNation as our top weather headlines but also in your east regional forecast, :10 after the hour.

About the author
Devon is a native of Macomb in Western, Illinois but has made his travels across the country from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C.  with stops in Tulsa, Little Rock, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City.  His passion for weather developed at an early age and can be traced back to when he was 5 years old and dressed up as a walking tornado for Halloween.  His college education came through the Universit... Load Morey of Oklahoma where he completed his B.S. in meteorology with a minor in math.   Devon has been through weather extremes from 110°+ heat in Las Vegas, to 3 feet of snow in Washington, D.C. where in his first winter experienced the all-time record snowfall for the season (winter of 2009/2010)!  He’s also chased tornadoes in Oklahoma and saw his very first off of I-70 on the front range of Colorado.

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