AccuWeather Global Weather Center – AccuWeather reports another stretch of warm, dry weather is eyeing the northeastern United States after rounds of rain and cool air into the end of the week.
The weather throughout the Northeast centered on last weekend was by far the longest stretch of warmest and sunniest days since last fall. More dry, sunny and warm conditions are in the cards in the not-too-distant future.
It appears that Old Man Winter and his snow have finally packed up and headed north with the most recent storm bringing all rain from Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio to northern Maine.
Rain to bring a soggy end to the week
All but northern New England is likely to be free of rain during the day Thursday ahead of another rainstorm slated to race northeastward across the region during Thursday night into Friday.
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At this time the only MLB game in the Northeast at risk for a postponement on Friday will be at Boston between the Tampa Bay Rays and Red Sox.
Dry spell, part two on the way
Many locations are likely to have a stretch of three to five days of dry weather from Sunday to Thursday. This stretch will be another shot in the arm for construction and other projects that have had lengthy delays this spring.
“A brief burst of chilly air will settle over the region this weekend ahead of a substantial warmup during the early and middle part of next week,” according to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Max Vido.
The leading edge of the chilly air may trigger locally gusty thunderstorms with hail on Saturday.
The return of dry weather should bring a smile to baseball and outdoor sports fans with widespread temperatures reaching well into the 60s, 70s and 80s F. It may take until Tuesday before the warmth breaks loose across New England.
“Temperatures are likely to remain above average during Thursday and Friday of next week, even with the advent of clouds and showers,” Vido said.
Normal high temperatures range from the upper 50s in northern New England to the middle 70s in southeastern Virginia during early May.
For coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic, Friday could be the warmest and most humid day of the week, provided clouds and showers hold off.
Risk of frosty mornings to continue
Despite the lure of more warmth on the way, gardeners should be wary of the risk of more frosts this month.
Even as temperatures in the region are likely to continue to climb out of the basement over the next few weeks, people should use caution in terms of planting warm season vegetables and annual flowers in the garden just yet.
“Temperatures may dip close to freezing with the risk of frost this weekend and perhaps from part of the first weekend of May to early during the second week of May,” Vido said.
A couple of snowflakes may be seen across northern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and western New England on Sunday.
There is the potential for low enough temperatures on one or more nights to cause damage to tender plants, outside of the major Interstate 95 cities from Richmond, Virginia, to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.
Frosts into May in the Northeast are not unusual.
If people plant sensitive items outdoors over the next couple of weeks in the normally chilly spots, they may need to cover them on a couple of occasions.
Garden centers, farm stands and homeowners who have plants on the porch or patio may need to move these items indoors on the coldest nights.
By Alex Sosnowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com