Following a potential round of severe weather on Saturday over the Plains, thunderstorms will press eastward across the Midwest and interior Northeast on Easter Sunday.
The storms will erupt along a press of cool air that will slice into building warmth. Ahead of the storms, temperatures are projected to surge well into the 70s and 80s F.
The warmth could give the thunderstorms a boost in intensity. As a result, some of the storms may carry the risk of strong wind gusts, hail and torrential downpours. Sporadic power outages are possible.
"People preoccupied with church services, egg hunts and other outdoor gatherings should be prepared to take cover indoors as storms and downpours approach," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
The greatest risk to people outdoors during a thunderstorm is from lightning strikes.
Motorists should also be prepared for changing conditions. The downpours and gusty winds can result in a sudden drop in visibility and a quick accumulation of water on the roads.
"The greatest risk to motorists will be for their vehicle to hydroplane during the downpours," Pydynowski said.
The storms are likely to affect the area from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to Chicago prior to sunrise and St. Louis first thing in the morning Sunday.
The storm will push southeastward as Sunday progresses.
During the afternoon, showers and locally heavy thunderstorms are likely in portions of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and southern Ontario.
By the evening, showers and locally gusty storms are likely to venture into parts of western and northern New York state, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Those catching a flight late Sunday could experience airline delays as storms approach the busy airports of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Later Sunday night, the storms are likely to weaken after crossing the Appalachians and could completely disappear before reaching the swath from Boston to New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.