Easter egg hunts are under way across portions of the country today, especially where they can do the activities outdoors where the sun is shinning and the temps are enjoyable.
In Elmhusrt, IL, you can see the eggs dotting the landscape of this suburb of Chicago under blue skies.
Out in Indianapolis, IN, there is a similar picture going on off blue skies, familes out hunting for eggs on lush, green grass. I see a few people wearing short sleeves and even shorts, where temps today are in the 60s.
And in my old stomping grounds of Queens, NY, Astoria is having its 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Temps were in the 50s earlier when this picture was taken, and light coats were needed for some I see.
But thats what was going on earlier today in the country and so we turn to Easter Sunday itself to see how things will be.
The southeast will be seeing more sunshine as the day progresses, with that coastal storm pulling away that brought about heavy rains to states such as Georgia, Alabama and storms to Florida. But in the Northeast, there will be wall-to-wall sunshine! The Midwest has a front slipping by that will squeeze rain and isolates thunderstorms from the Great Lakes to the Central Plains. Up in the Northwest, folks can expect scattered clouds and fair conditions and down in the Southwest, there is going to be pleasant conditions for most locations, with a chance for storms in eastern New Mexico, that’ll carry over into the Southern Plains.
The Southern Plains has a threat for severe thunderstorms on Sunday, mainly across western Texas, from Abilene to the Rio Grande River to the south. Large Hail and damaging winds are likely to come from those storms that do form, and the time frame will be in the late afternoon to evening hours.
Here we can see the storms starting to bubble up across western Texas. Cities such as Lubbock could be dealing with storms as folks are sitting down to enjoy an Easter dinner. Warm Gulf Moisture is being driven up towards that area where a trough will start to form along the New Mexico/Texas border and is going to slide eastward into Monday.
The instability in the atmosphere on Sunday will not be a huge amount, but enough to be a cause of concern, and that’s why the Storm Prediction Center issued the SLIGHT risk for Sunday. The instability above is more intense as you go from yellow to orange to red.
Here is your forecasted highs and sky conditions for Easter Sunday. The threat of storms from Denver to San Antonio is for the afternoon hours and at about a chance of 20-40%.
And to put a little Easter twist onto the forecast, here are some pleasantly themed cities across the country. Rabbit Town, KY looks very inviting to me, with temps into the low 80s under mostly sunny skies!
Have a wonderful rest of your holiday weekend and a great week ahead!
Meteorologist Addison Green ~ Twitter: @agreenWNTV