Easter is among the first of the year’s holidays, when families gather outside for picnics, pictures, and, of course, egg hunts! But will the weather cooperate? Find out in our Easter Forecast…
In 2019, Easter falls later than usual—on Sunday, April 21—so chances are good that winter will have released its icy grip in time for eggs, bunnies, and outdoor fun.
According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac and our traditionally 80 percent-accurate weather forecasts, Easter weekend (April 20-21) temperatures in the U.S. will be on the cool side in the Northeast, Appalachians, Upper Midwest, Pacific Southwest, and northern Intermountain region. Throughout the rest of the United States—including the normally cooler Pacific Northwest and Lower Lakes regions—temperatures are expected to be mild for Easter 2019. Hooray!
Rain Jacket or Easter Bonnet?
While it would be prudent to keep rain gear on hand, in most of the United States, overcast skies on Saturday will give way to at least some sun on Easter Sunday. Occasional showers may occur early in the weekend in some locations, but in the Desert Southwest, Pacific Southwest, Appalachians, and Intermountain regions, no precipitation is expected on Saturday or Sunday.
The Sun will Shine on Peter’s Cotton Tail….
….in California, Utah, and Arizona where the weather will be warm, sunny, and dry throughout Easter weekend. Sun is also in the forecast for most of Texas-Oklahoma, Hawaii, and parts of the Ohio Valley, including Louisville. The exception are parts of northern Texas, like Dallas, that have a chance of thunder storms on Easter Sunday.
In Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest, the weekend will start off with overcast skies and possible showers on Saturday. By Easter Sunday though, chances are good the skies will dry just in time for egg hunting. Keep wet weather gear close by, just in case.
The mid-west—in areas like the Lower Lakes, Heartland, and Upper Midwest—will be mostly cloudy all weekend. Some areas, like Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NE; and Minneapolis, MN could see drizzles on Easter Sunday.
Galoshes Galore in the East and West
The Almanac is seeing rain to kick off the weekend’s forecast for much of the Atlantic Corridor—from Boston, MA to Richmond, VA. While the skies are expected to stay overcast for at least a portion of the weekend, chances are good things may mostly dry out for Easter Sunday.
In the High Plains, expect a similar pattern of clouds (and a chance of rain) early in the weekend, with clear skies to round it out.
In Alaska, some rain is in the forecast for places like Fairbanks and Juneau, but clearer skies are expected elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Down South….
The Southeast, Deep South, and Florida may have to deal with some slightly cooler temperatures (but still mild overall) through Easter weekend, but the good news is the days will largely stay rain-free and sunny to celebrate the holiday.
In the Appalachians, the weekend will start off cloudy but clear in time for the Easter bunny with bright, sunny skies and seasonable temperatures.
A Storm Passes Through Canada
Easter weekend will bring a storm system that will pass through Canada, beginning with British Columbia and the Prairies, which will see morning rain on Saturday giving way to cool temperatures, clouds, and the possibility of rain on Sunday. The rains will hit Southern Ontario by Saturday night with precipitation—and clouds—decreasing into Sunday. Southern Quebec and Atlantic Canada will be cloudy most of the weekend with periods of sunbreak.
Have a wonderful Easter weekend!
…And happy Easter egg hunting!
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