Above-average temperatures continue through Friday for most of US
High pressure in the West is allowing for temperatures to remain above average for most of the country this week
It's been a wild few weeks of winter across the country, with a blizzard that impacted parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast at the end of January and a significant winter storm that affected more than 100 million Americans last week.
Now, it seems the weather will cooperate and allow for a brief thaw that will continue through Friday.
It's recently been bitterly cold in parts of the Northern Plains and upper Midwest, but the National Weather Service says that thanks in part to a ridge of high pressure in the western U.S., temperatures could be well above average in this region for the next few days.
The Central Plains will be the warm spot on Wednesday with temperatures ranging from 58 degrees in Kansas City, Missouri, to 63 degrees in Wichita, Kansas.
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It will be a bit colder as we head toward the north. Des Moines, Iowa, is forecast to get to around 42 degrees. The upper Midwest will see the coldest temperatures. Minneapolis/St. Paul will only get to about 36 degrees, and Fargo, North Dakota, will be just above freezing at 29 degrees.
The colder temperatures will move into the Great Lakes region by Thursday. Marquette, Michigan, will be 22 degrees. Chicago will also feel the chill as it's only expected to reach 30 degrees.
While temperatures are forecast to be warmer in the Northern Plains, it will be a cooler day for parts of the Central Plains.
Rapid City, South Dakota, which is only forecast to get to about 45 degrees Wednesday, will see a high temperature of 60 degrees on Thursday. Wichita and Kansas City are forecast to be in the mid- to upper 50s.
The springlike temperatures will remain in the Central and Southern Plains by the end of the week, while the colder air returns to the north.
Wichita could see another day in the lower 60s to end the week, and Kansas City will be around 55 degrees. Temperatures in the 40s will stretch from Denver to Des Moines, Iowa.
Northern North Dakota and Minnesota will begin to feel the chill once again by Friday.
Above-average temperatures have been felt across the Plains throughout the week, but as the colder air returns to the Northern Plains, some temperatures could be 10 to 20 degrees below average in northern North Dakota and Minnesota.
Wednesday will be warmer across the Southern Plains and into the Mississippi Valley and Southeast.
Dallas, Austin and Houston will enjoy temperatures at or near 70 degrees, and the warm air expands into parts of Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.
As we inch closer to the end of the week, the mild air will retreat a bit closer to the Gulf Coast.
Most of Texas will again enjoy temperatures in the 70s. Shreveport, Louisiana, is expected to be a bit warmer, too. It's expected to get to around 72 degrees on Thursday.
Temperatures will be near 60 degrees from the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles into parts of Kansas.
The mild air will remain as we end the workweek. Del Rio, Texas, will be the warm spot with a forecast high temperature of 80 degrees. The rest of the Lone Star State will be in the 70s, except for Amarillo, where it will be 61 degrees.
Temperatures have been warm all week, and that will continue as we head into the weekend.
By Friday, temperatures could be 20 to 30 degrees above average across the southern United States from the Plains to the East Coast.
It hasn't been as warm in the Northeast as it has been across the central part of the country, but it is still above average for this time of year.
On Wednesday, temperatures in the 30s will remain across northern New England and upstate New York, but Boston and Albany will be around 41 degrees for a high temperature.
New York City will see temperatures around 45 degrees, and as we head into the mid-Atlantic, we expect widespread temperatures in the mid- to upper 50s.
Thursday will be even warmer across most of the region. Northern New England will be at or near 40 degrees. Boston will get to near 50 degrees.
New York City is also expected to be around 50 degrees, giving people a taste of spring.
The warmest temperatures of the week will be felt mainly in the mid-Atlantic by Friday, but it will be another mild day in the Northeast and New England.
Generally, most areas will be in the mid- to upper 40s. But in northern New England, temperatures will fall into the upper 30s by the end of the week.
Temperatures have been warmer than average for most of the region, and that will continue Wednesday and into the weekend.
By Thursday, temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees above average from the mid-Atlantic into New England.
And on Friday, most of the eastern half of the country will be above average.