The East Coast Could See Record Snowfall This Weekend — in May

Mother's Day weekend may be a snowy one for people in the northeast.

Rainy day in Boston
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A May snowstorm could bring historic snowfall and cold temperatures to more than 75 million people across the East Coast on Mother’s Day weekend.

The storm, expected to move across the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast on Friday could bring up to one foot of snow by evening in northern New England, while Binghamton and Albany in New York, Scranton, Pa., and Burlington, Vt. could see six to eight inches, according to NBC News. If it reaches maximum predictions, the storm could shatter May snowfall records.

On Saturday, heavy snow is predicted to fall in northern New England, particularly Maine. Mountains could expect more than six inches of heavy snow and power outages or damage from falling trees could occur. Snow squalls and lake effect snow could take place on the eastern side of the Great Lakes.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a freeze warning, predicting sub-freezing temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio into Saturday morning. Severe thunderstorms and excessive rain could also fall over the Plains.

Record low temperatures in more than 50 weather reporting areas around the country could be reached on Saturday. Weekend temperatures are expected to be anywhere from 10 to 25 degrees below average this weekend, according to The Weather Channel. Even the south is likely to experience colder-than-usual temperatures with lows in the 30s expected in the Carolinas and Tennessee Valley. Typically, the average low this time of year is mid-50s.

However, weather predictions look quite different on the other side of the country.

“While moms in the East try to keep warm, moms in the West will bask in summer-like conditions throughout the weekend,” the NWS reported. Abnormally warm temperatures are expected in California and the Pacific Northwest on Friday and Saturday, staying warm for Mother’s Day. Temperatures on the west coast are expected to cool next week.

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