Warmer temperatures for remainder of April

Warmer Temperatures for Remainder of April

By QUINCY VAGELL, Weather.com

Much of the Midwest and Northeast has been stuck in a chilly, wintry pattern so far this April. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, as the jet-stream pattern shifts to bring warmer temperatures to much of the cold-fatigued Midwest and East in the week ahead.

Remember how cold it was earlier this year? Relive the chilly moments below:

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Warmer temperatures for remainder of April

A massive winter storm system pummeled the eastern United States in late January 2016, with two low-pressure systems merging into a potent nor’easter that dropped heavy snow from Virginia to New England. By late afternoon on Jan. 23, snowfall totals were approaching records in several states, and hurricane-force winds were battering the coastlines and leading to serious flooding. The storm was expected to continue through the morning of Jan. 24.

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the storm system at 2:15 a.m. EST on Jan. 23. It was composed through the use of the VIIRS “day-night band,” which detects faint light signals such as city lights, moonlight, airglow, and auroras. In the image, the clouds are lit from above by the nearly full Moon and from below by the lights of the heavily populated East Coast. The city lights are blurred in places by cloud cover.

(Photo via NASA)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: A woman walks in strong winds and heavy snow fall in Central Park on January 23, 2016 in New York City. A major Nor'easter is hitting much of the East Coast and parts of the South as forecasts warn of up to two feet of snow in some areas. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man use a skiing on a snow covered street in Manhattan in New York on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A pedestrian walks in the center of a snow-covered residential street in Washington, DC on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

January 22, 2016

Scott Kelly ‏(@StationCDRKelly): Massive #snowstorm blanketing #EastCoast clearly visible from @Space_Station! Stay safe! #blizzard2016 #YearInSpace

TOPSHOT - A man lays in a pile of snow in Times Square on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on January 23, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 23: Waves crash on the beach on January 23, 2016 in Cape May, New Jersey. A major snowstorm is upon the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive over a foot of snow. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: Nuns from the Fraternite Notre-Dame in Chicago, Illinois are covered in newly fallen snow as they walk along Constitution Avenue while snow begins to accumulate January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas expected to receive up to 1-2 feet of snow. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Snow covers cars parked in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man pushing a snow plough during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in New York. / AFP / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks on snow covered Thomas Circle in Washington on January 23, 2016. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: A snowplow cleans up snow on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the U.S. Capitol January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. A winter snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with prediction of up to 30 inches of snow for the DC area. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The White House is seen during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People cross 15ht Street during a snowstorm in Washington January 22, 2016. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Homeless covers from the snow in Central park on January 23, 2016 in New York. A deadly blizzard with bone-chilling winds and potentially record-breaking snowfall slammed the eastern US on Saturday, as officials urged millions in the storm's path to seek shelter -- warning the worst is yet to come. US news reports said at least eight people had died by late Friday from causes related to the monster snowstorm, which is expected to last until early Sunday. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A man walks past a restaurant during a snowstorm January 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Thousands of flights were cancelled and supermarket shelves were left bare Friday as millions of Americans hunkered down for a winter storm expected to dump historic amounts of snow in the eastern United States. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 22: Vehicles move along Interstate 40 as an overhead sign indicates 'Winter Weather Warning In Effect' during a winter storm on January 22, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A major snowstorm is forecasted for the East Coast this weekend with some areas getting a possible one to two feet of snow. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Numerous record low temperatures were set over the past week and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast saw more snow, along with temperatures that were, in some cases, more than 20 degrees below average this past weekend.

READ MORE: Cold Air Infiltrates Northern States

A sharp southward plunge of the jet stream has allowed for unseasonably cold air to sink into the northern tier of states. As storm systems dive south from Canada, there has been enough cold air in place to allow for early spring snow to accompany those storms.

There are signs of a pattern change later this week, with some of the cold air lifting back north into Canada, thanks to a shift in the jet stream pattern.

Late Week Forecast Setup

In fact, by next weekend, parts of the cold-fatigued Great Lakes and Northeast may actually see temperatures above mid-April averages, while parts of the north-central U.S. really warm up. This is illustrated by NOAA's 6 to 10 day temperature outlook which calls for a 60 percent or greater chance of above-average temperatures in parts of the Midwest and Northeast this weekend into early next week.

Below is a breakdown of what we expect for this week.

Northeast Wintry Pattern Breaks Down

Unlike recent storms that have driven south from Canada, low pressure is forecast to cut through the Great Lakes and into southeastern Canada early in the week.

As the storm moves north of the region, milder air will be drawn into the New York and New England. As a result, mainly rain is forecast to fall into Tuesday. However, a few spots in far northern New England and western New York could still see a rain and snow mixture.

By the middle and latter portion of the week, temperatures across the region are expected to moderate back to near seasonable levels. After some of these areas struggled to rise above freezing on some days this past week, highs are forecast to reach back into the 50s, including across New England by Thursday. 60s should even return across the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic by Wednesday or Thursday.

FORECAST: Cleveland | Syracuse | Philadelphia

Although these temperatures may only be near or slightly above average, it will feel like a big change, given the 20 or so degree rise from unusually chilly start to the month.

This weekend it will turn even warmer with highs in the 60s across much of New England, while the mid-Atlantic sees 70s. For many areas temperatures may be 10 to 20 degrees above average from Pennsylvania to Maine by Sunday.

Plains, Midwest Heat Up This Week

Parts of Kansas saw snow at the end of March and the Midwest has experienced winter-like conditions as of late. If you have a case of the winter blues, then this week's forecast will warm your spirits.

A ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere is forecast to park itself over the Plains by the middle of the week. A northward shift in the jet stream up and over that high will allow for warmth to surge toward the Canadian border.

FORECAST: Bismarck | Omaha | Green Bay

After seeing more snow this past weekend and temperatures well below freezing, the Midwest will thaw out by Wednesday. Minneapolis is expected to see a return to the 60s, while temperatures could crack the 70-degree mark in the Twin Cities on multiple days at the end of the week.

The Plains, no stranger to large temperature swings in April, can expect an even bigger warming trend.

Widespread 70s are in the forecast for much of this week up and down the Plains Tuesday through Friday. Some 80-degree readings cannot be ruled out Thursday as far north as the Dakotas.

With the majority of this week looking dry and warm with bouts of stronger winds, an increased fire danger may return to parts of Kansas, Nebraska and neighboring states.

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April is a changeable month and if you haven't been pleased with its weather conditions so far, you might not have to wait long for some big changes within the week ahead.

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