After the weekend chill and wintry weather, the majority of next week will feel more like March than the middle of January across the northeastern and midwestern United States.
A change in the weather pattern will force cold air back northward into Canada on multiple days next week.
While chilly air will hang on to start the week and brief cooling will come around midweek, temperatures overall next week will average above normal throughout the eastern half of the nation.
The departures from normal could exceed 15 degrees Fahrenheit from the Tennessee Valley to the Great Lakes.
“For many areas, this warmup will be similar to the January thaw that happened last week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said. “The main difference is that this warmup could last almost a week instead of a couple of days.”
Many days next week will feel more like March, according to Thompson.
The initial turn to milder conditions will come as a chilly high pressure shifts offshore and the storm in the central U.S. approaches.
That high will sit firmly over the Northeast and Great Lakes on Sunday, following the band of snow and icy mix that created slippery travel over parts of the mid-Atlantic to start the weekend.
Temperatures close to normal at the start of the week will soar 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit for Tuesday’s highs in the southern mid-Atlantic and central Great Lakes.
This includes in Detroit; Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Erie, Pennsylvania, and Buffalo, New York.
The warmth will then spread to the Northeast’s I-95 corridor at midweek, causing temperatures to exceed or flirt with the 50-degree mark in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.
Much like earlier this week, surge of warmth will not be accompanied by bright sunshine. An approaching storm and its rain will cause residents to replace heavier jackets with umbrellas.
As the storm arrives, lingering cold threatens to lead to brief icing in the Great Lakes and the interior Northeast, mainly in New England. A more extended period of snow and ice may target northern Maine and the Upper Midwest.
Unlike the previous warmup, the storm will not be followed by a sharp drop back to normal. Instead, later this week will continue to feel more like March than the coldest time of the year.
Highs in the 40s will be common across the Northeast and southern Great Lakes with 50s set to dominate the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and the Ohio Valley.
Those heading to Washington, D.C., to watch the 58th Presidential Inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump will not have to worry about bundling up or face travel disruptions due to snow.
“Storm systems that develop across the eastern half of the nation will have a difficult time producing snow due to how warm the air mass will be,” Thompson said.
However, operators of ski resorts will have to contend with shrinking snow bases. Though, melting should be slower to occur in the mountains of northern New England and northern Michigan.
It is possible that a shot of cool air will attempt to cut the warm spell short east of the Appalachian Mountains in the Northeast next weekend by returning temperatures back to normal.
Cooler air may also spread to the Great Lakes if this scenario pans out, but temperatures should still remain above normal.