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Chicago to NYC: Cold, Snow Will Fade to Spring Warmth

A harsh blast of cold air that will change rain to snow in the Northeast Tuesday night will be quick to leave.

Rain will change to snow from central New York to Maine early Tuesday night. Some wet snowflakes will mix in with the rain in Philadelphia and New York City as temperatures quickly plummet into the 30s.

Much of the precipitation will taper off after midnight across the Northeast except for eastern New England. However, if there are any lingering wet or slushy roads, subfreezing temperatures could make the roads icy, especially across the interior.

Snow fell in Chicago from late Monday into Monday night, which generally brought wet roadways to the area. However, some slick spots developed for the Tuesday morning commute as the low reached 26 F.

Detroit received just over 3 inches of snow late Monday night into Tuesday morning, which made the 2013-2014 season the snowiest on record with 94.8 inches.

Record Lows Tuesday Morning

New Record(F)
Old Record(F) and Year
Madison, Wis.
18 (Tie)
18 set in 1928
18 (Tie)
18 set in 1935
Omaha, Neb.
24 set in 1962
Fargo, N.D.
15 set in 1935
International Falls, Minn.
12 set in 1962
Dubuque, Iowa
21 (Tie)
21 set in 1928

Pittsburgh, Pa., dropped 30 degrees in six hours Tuesday morning in wake of the strong cold front responsible for this cold blast.

"It's hard to get this quick of a temperature drop in January let alone April," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Gresiak said.

Temperatures will continue to plummet across the East Tuesday night.

The cold will bring a widespread freeze in areas from Little Rock and Atlanta to Louisville, Ky., and Raleigh, N.C.

"The cold blast was totally unwelcome but it will be brief," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.

As quick as the cold blast came in, it will quickly bounce back.

The jet stream will retreat back to the north Wednesday and Thursday, which will allow some of the southern warmth to build back northward.

"April is a big transition month," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. "There are these battles between the lingering cold across Canada and building warmth in the southern U.S."

Highs will rebound into the mid-50s in Chicago by Wednesday with similar highs getting back into New York City by Thursday.

The warmup will generally last into the weekend for many areas from the Midwest to the Northeast.

A weak storm could bring a quick day-long cooldown from the Great Lakes to the interior Northeast Friday into Saturday. However, the strength and extent of this most recent cold blast will not be matched through the end of April as temperatures continue their upward swing heading deeper in spring.

Aside from a couple of showers, springtime warmth will prevail for Washington Nationals' and New York Mets' baseball fans with hometown series this upcoming weekend. Sunshine and highs near 70 should prevail for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday in Washington, D.C.