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Springlike Warmth to Break Eastern US Winterlike Cold

Call it a taste of spring or a return to early autumn warmth, temperatures will climb over much of the eastern half of the country this weekend into early next week.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Chyna Glenn, "Relief from the cold is on the way for some of the regions hit hard by winter's early debut."

While the break from the cold will not last long, especially for those in the Midwest, it will give those who mind the cold, the elderly and those in poor health a chance to get outside.

The warmer weather will give homeowners a chance to rake leaves, finish up change-of-season activities and perhaps put up outdoor holiday lights and decorations.

"The start of the workweek will leave many in the Northern states swapping their snow boots and parkas for their ponchos and rain boots as springlike warmth and drenching rains will work into the region," Glenn said.

Temperatures will approach the 50-degree mark on Sunday in Chicago, for the first time in more than 10 days.

After temperatures climb into the 50s and 60s in parts of the Atlantic Seaboard on Sunday, highs near or above the 70-degree mark are in the offing from Atlanta to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City with a high well into the 60s forecast for Boston. Temperatures could flirt with record highs for the date in some locations.

Part of the warmup will be accompanied or preceded by rain and even severe thunderstorms in some locations.

Rain, and patchy fog that accompanies it, could slow travel in parts of the Midwest and East. A bit of freezing rain at the onset of the storm in the Midwest could make for slippery conditions.

The rain will raise concerns for flooding in snowbound areas of the Great Lakes, along with increasing the risk of roof collapses.

Colder air is forecast to sweep southeastward from the northern Plains to the Midwest, South and Northeast during the first part of next week. The return of colder air will trigger more lake-effect snow and could help a storm strengthen just offshore in the Atlantic later in the week.

The return of colder air will allow ski resorts to resume snowmaking operations.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, "Man-made snow tends to weather spells of warmth and rain, better than natural snow, because it is more dense."

Meanwhile, chilly air settling over the Rockies this weekend will be replaced by building warmth next week.