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Eastern Spring Preview Continues Today, Ends Friday

UPDATED 3 PM EST, March 8, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman

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A weather pattern more typical of late April rather than early March will reach its peak today in the East. The few record highs set Wednesday in the East is just a sample of what is to come later this afternoon. It won`t last much longer; Friday will usher in cooler changes.

The set up for the warm weather is very typical of a warm pattern for the East. A rather strong early spring Bermuda High off the East Coast is pumping warm, southwest winds up the East Coast while a cold front charges through the Midwest. The winds combined with partly cloudy skies will foster significant warmth again this afternoon along the populated Interstate 95 corridor.

As a matter of fact, winds will gust to 55 mph along the Lake Erie shoreline, northern Adirondacks in New York and the Interstate 95 corridor from New York City to Boston where Wind Advisories are in effect today.

Already, parts of the Northeast and New England have tied or broken record highs for the day. Boston hit a record high of 68 degrees, while Albany, N.Y., hit a high of 67 degrees. Montpelier and Burlington, Vt, both hit record highs of 61 degrees.

Although low 70s will be widespread farther south into New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and even the Nation`s Capital, record highs from the upper 70s to middle 80s will stay in the books.

Meanwhile, the Midwest cold front will bring a drastic return to reality across large stretches of the Plains to Ohio Valley today. Wednesday`s highs in the 60s and 70s from Amarillo, Texas, to Cleveland will be replaced by cooler 30s, 40s and 50s today.

The same front will streak to the East Coast Friday morning with 60s and 70s from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast being knocked down to the 40s and 50s to close out the work week. Even the Southeast will notice the change with middle 70s today being replaced by cooler lower 60s Friday.

The spring preview on Wednesday broke a few records, including Dubois, Pa., where the mercury hit 63 degrees, Rochester and Watertown, N.Y., which both hit 68 degrees.

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