People are encouraged to closely monitor severe weather bulletins at their location and along their travel routes through Saturday. Even on Easter Sunday and beyond some secondary roads may be blocked by flooding in parts of the Central states and New England.
The best bets for Easter egg hunts to end the week will be from California to much of the Plains states, where most areas can expect at least partial sunshine.
Conditions will be quite warm in the Southwest with highs in the 70s, 80s and 90s on Saturday, which is traditionally a busy day for egg hunts.
The chilliest locations for sunrise services on Easter Sunday will extend from the Northwest to the Rockies and into parts of the Midwest and Appalachians. In these areas, temperatures are likely to begin the day in the upper 30s to the middle 40s.
As is often the case, areas across the South will be mild with temperatures in the 50s and 60s as dawn breaks. Areas along the Interstate 95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic can also expect a mild start to the day for the most part.
A storm will finish up with drenching rain during Easter Sunday morning in eastern New England. This area is likely to have the nastiest conditions over the entire lower 48 states for a time. Enough rain is likely to fall to cause flash and urban flooding, especially in Maine.
Farther west in the Northeast sector, chilly air aloft is likely to trigger midday, afternoon and early evening showers from western New England to the mid-Atlantic, central Appalachians and eastern Great Lakes region.
This can occur even where the day may start off or turn out sunny for a time. In a couple of extreme cases, a gusty shower with small hail can even occur for outdoor gatherings.