On the Easter weekend, two different fast-paced storms will affect the Midwest and Northeast. Regardless of the amount of snow, large parts of the Midwest and the Eastern United States are similar in pattern to those at the end of February or early March, as opposed to April.
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The first storm continues through the upper midwest on Saturday morning with heavy snowfall already falling over parts of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The snow moves this morning towards Wisconsin and Michigan.
Due to poor visibility and gusty winds, a blizzard warning was issued overnight in Greater Fargo. Winter storm alerts and winter weather alerts were posted by the Dakotas to northern Michigan.
Before the storm, gusty winds will hit Saturday from Illinois to Southern Michigan to western New York – including Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo. Wind gusts over 45 mph are possible, which causes occasional power failures.
At Easter On Sunday another fast movement develops in the Central Plains bringing a heavy snowfall from Nebraska to northern Kentucky. Some mixed precipitation is possible during the day on Sundays in parts of Missouri.
Then, on Sunday evening, the snow moves over the Appalachian Mountains and goes late into the big I-95 cities.
The biggest snowfalls are expected north of Minneapolis Wisconsin by Saturday night. Locally, over 6 inches are expected in the region.
On Sunday, accumulations were expected to be only a few inches, mainly on grasslands from Nebraska to Pennsylvania. Local higher volumes are expected in the regions of St. Louis and Louisville. Regardless of the exact amount of snow, snow should be enough to smooth roads in places with poor visibility on a busy day's travel.
Northeast snow on Monday
Snow is catching up with the big I -95 cities late Sunday to early Monday. At this time, it seems that the snow will fall pretty much overnight in a short time. The bulk of the currently heaviest snow is expected to be south of New York City, but direct impacts will be seen in New Jersey, southern Pennsylvania and Maryland.
With temperatures slightly above freezing on early Monday, the snow will have difficulty accumulating. Nevertheless, a few inches of snow remain possible – especially on colder surfaces. As a result, the morning commute in the morning could see some delays.
Winter Air Explosion
Behind these storm systems, much colder air will slide into the Midwest and Northeast. Windstorms below zero are likely Sunday mornings across parts of the upper Midwest, with single-digit and teenagers over Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; and Chicago.
On Monday, the cold air comes to the northeast. Thursday and Friday temperatures in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. were in the 70s – and on Monday we predict that it is almost 40 to 50 degrees colder.
The cold air on Monday leaves behind in the Southern Plains and Tennessee River Valley with wind showers in the 30s.
The slightly more difficult part of the forecast is that there are no signs of long-term relief for the Midwest and Northeast. Much of the first half of April will be below average temperatures throughout the region.