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Record Cold to Freeze East This Weekend

Mother’s Day weekend in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast is typically full of fun, sun, and a spring-like feel. However, record cold is in the cards for this Mother’s Day weekend. A very cold air mass is continuing to overtake more of the eastern United States. Widespread frost and freeze alerts are posted in places where the growing season has begun and temperatures are expected to drop close to, or below the freezing mark.

his chill will threaten any plants or tender vegetation that is already growing, and also will feel quite unpleasant for this time of year. But most notably, quite a few records could be broken, as sub-freezing air overtakes an area from Minnesota to Maine, southward to the Tennessee Valley and Carolinas by Saturday morning. The I-95 corridor will likely stay between 35 and 40 degrees, but this will even be cold enough for the big cities to challenge record lows.

Temperatures by Sunday morning will begin to recover across the Plains and Great Lakes, but records will be possible again farther south and east. Mother’s Day morning will feature temperatures in the 30s from Nashville, to Charlotte, to Detroit, to Boston, and most locations in between.

Places in Georgia and the Carolinas will likely drop into the 30s for the first time since 2004 in the month of May. If Philadelphia and Washington D.C. drop into the middle 30s, it would mark the first time in May since the mid 1980s and mid 1960s respectively. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is expected to drop into the middle to upper 20s, and if the temperature plunges to 26°F or lower, it would set a new all-time record low for the entire month of May! Indianapolis could also threaten their all-time record low for May of 28°F, as well as many other cities in the region.

While Mother’s Day is going to start off unseasonably cold for many in the eastern U.S., the good news is that many will see a sunny and comfortable afternoon for Mom! However, temperatures will generally remain below average into the beginning of next week.

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