This year, Easter arrives on Sunday, April 1st, which is also April Fool’s Day! But we promise not to joke when we share our official Easter forecast.
March has been a turbulent month with late season snowfalls and a seemingly never-ending series of Nor’easters that have punished the East Coast.
What’s in store for your Easter weekend? Will you need a raincoat or a winter parka when you hunt for Easter eggs? Here’s what we’re predicting for Saturday, March 31st through Sunday, April 1st:
Zone 1 – Northeast & New England
Includes New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.
Very unsettled for Easter in the Northeast and New England. No fooling!
Zone 2 – Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest
Includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin
An unsettled end to March, followed by gradual clearing in time for Easter.
Zone 3 – Southeast
Includes Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, Virginia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida
Showery, then expect heavy rain across the Gulf States north to the Mid-Atlantic, which means a wet Easter Sunday.
Zone 4 – North Central
Includes Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana
Rain for Colorado and points east by the 31st; hefty thunderstorms for Kansas. Mostly fair skies for Easter.
Zone 5 – South Central
Includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico
Unsettled as March comes to a close: gusty thunderstorms New Mexico, northern Texas/Oklahoma. Heavy rain along Gulf Coast. Fair elsewhere for Easter.
Zone 6 – Northwest
Includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho
A lion-like end to March, with stormy weather across Washington and Oregon, spreading east. Mainly sunny skies for Easter.
Zone 7 – Southwest
Includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona
A mixed bag: rain for Utah, and gusty thunderstorms for Arizona. Changeable skies elsewhere. Mostly fair skies for Easter.
Zone 1 – Labrador, Newfoundland
Showers, then fair and dry for the end of March, then a coastal storm brings a combination of wind, rain, and snow for Easter.
Zone 2 – Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec
Wind, rain, and snow for the end of March, then stormy conditions for Easter Sunday.
Zone 3 – Ontario
Becoming very unsettled over western and central Ontario; clouds increase farther east. Mostly fair skies develop in time for the Easter holiday.
Zone 4 – Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
As we close out March, expect rain for Alberta-Saskatchewan areas; and turning stormy for Manitoba, points east, followed by mostly fair skies for Easter Sunday.
Zone 5 – British Columbia
A lion-like end to March with widespread stormy weather. But then a mostly fair weather pattern for Easter Sunday.
Will April be as stormy? Will spring weather melt the snow? Or will April showers be the norm? Be sure to read our long-range weather forecast for the U.S. and Canada.