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Storms to hamper Easter travel, events in central and eastern US

Storms to hamper Easter travel, events in central and eastern US AccuWeather 25 mins ago Kristina Pydynowski © Elaine Thompson/AP Photo Pedestrians huddle under umbrellas as they walk in the rain in view of downtown Seattle, Monday, March 13, 2017. Those with travel or outdoor plans from the Northwest to the central and northeastern United States may face some delays and disruptions from Friday into Sunday.
The entire holiday weekend spanning Friday to Sunday will not be a washout for any one location. However, just one round of poor weather could lead to travel delays or impacts to Easter egg hunts, church services and other outdoor gatherings.
Friday’s travel trouble areas
Areas of rain and mountain snow will retreat northward over the Northwest on Friday. However, motorists venturing over the passes may still encounter poor visibility due to fog and snow.
Ahead of a storm emerging from the Rockies, showers and thunderstorms may rumble across a large part of the central U.S. on Friday.
“Warm and humid air will shift northward across the Plains and bring heavy thunderstorms across the region,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said. “There is some possibility these storms could be strong.”
Downpours could lead to poor visibility and excess water on the roads for motorists. Airline passengers could also face minor periodic delays.
The most numerous downpours and greatest disruptions to travelers are likely to focus on the central Plains, possibly in the vicinity of Kansas City, Missouri; Omaha, Nebraska; and Des Moines, Iowa. This would include stretches of Interstate 35 and I-80.
Showers and thunderstorms may stretch to St. Louis and Nashville.
The central U.S. storm could also kick up dangerous crosswinds in Montana as rain and mountain snow lingers in the Northwest. Travelers in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, could face minor travel delays, while Snoqualmie Pass along Interstate 90 may turn slippery for a time.
The Southwest, including Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles, will enjoy good travel conditions.
Damp weather to shift from Midwest to Northeast over the weekend
A storm system is expected to continue to march eastward from the Midwest to the Northeast Saturday into Easter Sunday, accompanied by showers and thunderstorms.
The wet and stormy weather should focus on Green Bay, Wisconsin; Chicago and Minneapolis on Saturday with cooler air to follow for Easter Sunday.
Residents and their holiday guests in the Northeast will want to grab a jacket before heading outdoors on Saturday morning.
“It will feel quite chilly to start the day on Saturday in Boston, New York City and Philadelphia,” Rossio said. Early morning lows will range from the 30s in most of New England to the 40s in the mid-Atlantic.
Following showers skipping across the area Saturday night, warmth will build across much of the Northeast ahead of the chance of thunderstorms on Sunday.
“In the central and northern Appalachians, the storms may hold off until Sunday afternoon,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
“East of the Appalachians, thunderstorms could hold off until the evening or overnight hours on Sunday,” Sosnowski said. “Some areas could be hit by a heavy, gusty thunderstorm.”
In the South, Easter Sunday will be dominated by warm conditions with widespread highs in the 80s. While the warmth could fuel a spotty thunderstorm, most of the region will be dry for holiday festivities on Sunday.
More numerous showers and thunderstorms will target the southern Plains both Saturday and Sunday. There is a chance a storm erupts in the Denver area on Sunday.
Dry weather will continue to hold across the interior Southwest and will expand over the Northwest.
The latest indications are the next storm from the Pacific Ocean with clouds and rain showers will roll into Central and Northern California during Sunday afternoon and evening.
The storm may also whip up gusty winds across the interior Southwest, such as in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, on Sunday.
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