A succession of cold shots will keep temperatures below average for much of the midwestern and northeastern United States over the next week.
Residents from the northern Plains to the Great Lakes, mid-Atlantic and New England will want to hold off on bringing out spring attire and keep the winter gear handy.
The fresh cold will pave the way for several snow opportunities across the Central and Eastern states through next week. Some of the cold and snow will reach as far south as the Tennessee Valley and Carolinas.
Temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit below normal, on average, from Minneapolis to Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Boston.
“Unlike the unseasonable warmth of February, frequent blasts of cold air will dive into the Midwest and Northeast into next week,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown said.
The wave of cold poised to drop highs into the 10s and 20s F across the Upper Midwest on Friday will sweep into the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys, upper part of the mid-Atlantic and New England to start the weekend.
“The coldest air will settle over the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday,” Brown said.
Highs will likely fail to get out of the single digits and teens in much of New York state and New England.
Average daytime temperatures trend upward quickly during the month of March due to the stronger sun. During the middle of the month, normal highs range from the lower 40s in Minneapolis to the lower 50s in New York City.
Lows in the single digits will settle as far south as the central Appalachians over the weekend.
The cold will be compounded by gusty winds at times, according to Brown.
However, winds will not be nearly as intense as the destructive winds on Wednesday which wreaked havoc from the Upper Great Lakes to the interior Northeast.
Chilly air is forecast to be pulled as far south as the interior Southeast by Sunday.
Highs in the 70s to end the week will be traded for highs in the 40s and 50s from Jackson, Mississippi, to Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta; Columbia, South Carolina; and Charlotte, North Carolina.
A freeze is possible across the interior South during Sunday night as temperatures dip well below the freezing mark.
The cold shots threaten to stunt the plant and tree growth that was triggered by an unusually warm February in the mid-Atlantic.
The projected peak of the cherry blossom bloom in Washington D.C., has been delayed until later in March, according to the National Park Service.
BLOOM WATCH UPDATE - Due to colder than avg forecast temps this weekend, the cherry blossom peak bloom is now projected for March 19-22.
— National Mall NPS (@NationalMallNPS) March 8, 2017
The average temperature during February averaged 8 degrees above normal from Philadelphia to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Raleigh, North Carolina, which caused some trees and plants to bloom.