After an Arctic blast had tens of millions people shivering this week in the East, a dramatic temperature turn-around will bring a break from winter's grip this weekend.
Temperatures have already begun to trend upward Wednesday and Thursday. However, by Saturday, some record highs may be challenged along the I-95 corridor from the mid-Atlantic to New England.
The record high Saturday in New York City's Central Park is 60 degrees set in 1876. Temperatures are forecast to reach at least into the middle to upper 50s around the Big Apple.
Other cities, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Hartford and Boston, could challenge record highs this weekend. This, only a few days after many areas from the Midwest to the South and and East set record lows Tuesday morning.
Even if temperatures fall short of reaching record highs, in some cases actual temperatures will be 40 to 60 degrees higher Saturday, compared to the morning lows Tuesday, and it could feel 60 to 80 degrees warmer factoring in AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature changes.
The warmup will be accompanied by drenching rain in much of the Appalachians and the Atlantic Seaboard on Saturday.
The rain and warmth will cause its share of problems ranging from urban flooding to the risk of ice jams, potholes, water main breaks and travel delays.
However, cold air will not be in a hurry to race in behind Saturday's rainstorm. As a result, with the sun out for a few hours on Sunday, and despite a cool breeze, it may not be a bad day to spend some time outdoors and get some fresh air. Most ski slopes will still have plenty of snow remaining.
Temperatures during much of next week will average above normal. AccuWeather.com meteorologists are watching the potential for another outbreak of Arctic air beginning around next weekend.