The Easter Bunny is gearing up to hop around the US this weekend, setting up Egg Hunts and Easter Baskets everywhere. Will he (and you!) make it to your holiday destination without Mother Nature slowing you down? Let’s find out!
The predominant storm system will be smack dab in the heart of the country. A cold front sliding east, along with a stalled out trough east of the Rockies will provide a source of lift for thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Saturday will bring a slight risk of severe weather from about Madison, WI to Lubbock, TX. Heads up to Des Moines, Kansas City, and Wichita. The Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic will also get in on some scattered shower/thunderstorm activity, while the West finally starts to see some drying.
Most of the country will see temperatures well above average. Highs in the 80s will stretch from Dallas to Detroit. Gulf moisture will not only supply some energy and instability to thunderstorms, it will also make things feel pretty muggy in the afternoon. Though sunshine returns to the northwest, highs will still be on the cooler side through Sunday.
On Easter Sunday, the cold front will stretch from the northeast to the Panhandle region. A marginal risk of severe weather will accompany in the same locations. Near the center of low pressure sliding through the panhandle, a slight risk of severe weather will pop up. High pressure will clear things out in the northern US before yet another storm system moves in from the west coast. Northern California will get some rain and snow from that low as early as Sunday afternoon.
The heat moves to the northeast for Easter. Take a look at those highs! Low to mid 80s are expected from New Orleans to New York. Cooler air behind the cold front will drop highs in the central US, but only into the 60s and low 70s. Sunshine in the west will provide a bit of a boost in Seattle and Portland, with highs finally back up into the 60s.
Whether it’s Easter, Passover, or any other reason for celebration, we hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe weekend.
For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos.