Weekend storm will bring next round of snow to the Northeast – AccuWeather.com/ar/
After bouts of rain and increased spring warmth, parts of the Northeast may have to dig into snow gear again starting late this weekend as a new, colder storm moves in, AccuWeather meteorologists warn.
The storm, which will be the latest in a series that will drenching the South with more than a foot of rain, will first move through the Ohio Valley and southern Appalachia to start the weekend on Saturday. It will then bring colder air over the Northeast on Sunday, but the chance of wintry weather will not be as equal from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast, as it was during the heart of the cold outbreak a week ago.
“After several rounds of rain and ice this week, the next storm this weekend is expected to include a band of accumulating snow across the Great Lakes and inland Northeast,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.
Mainly rain event for major cities
For most areas along Interstate 95, there will be another cold shower from Washington to Baltimore to Philadelphia to New York, AccuWeather meteorologists say. Combined with recent heavy rains, rising temperatures and melting snow that has caused the levels of rivers and streams in the region to rise, the rainfall could renew the risk of flooding.
“The latest round of forecast rain starting Sunday may not produce impressive rainfall totals,” Buckingham said. “However, this could still be enough to increase the risk of flooding.”
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In the lead-up to this storm, more severe flooding is possible to end the work week, with flood watches already posted in parts of the Northeast.
Some places will record several inches of rain when this nearly weeklong storm ends early next week. Before then, enough cold air could arrive that major cities could briefly turn to snow Sunday or Monday night. Whether or not this snow is significant and causes travel problems depends largely on the path of the storm.
“The exact track of the storm will depend greatly on the location of the high pressure area across the Midwest and Great Lakes between Friday and Saturday,” Buckingham noted. “If the high settles to the south, the storm will be forced to take a more southerly path.”
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This southerly track would allow cold air to move south early in the week, increasing the risk of snow accumulation even on the coast.
Farther inland, there is a greater risk of snow and winter rain
The threat of snow, and even an icy mix, seems like a sure bet inland. AccuWeather meteorologists say the area most at risk for this travel-heavy winter weather Saturday night through Monday extends from the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes into the interior of the Northeast and New England.
“The storm is expected to help push enough cold air south from Canada to produce a band of heavy, wet snow,” Buckingham warned. It remains to be determined exactly where this mass of heavy snow forms and whether or not ice or rain mixes with it.
Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan; Akron and Cleveland, Ohio; Albany and Buffalo, New York; Boston is among the cities where the weekend could end with a few inches of snow and slippery travel. For this reason, any flexible travel or outdoor plans should be postponed until the end of the work week or the beginning of the weekend before cold and stormy weather arrives.
As happened earlier this week, there may also be an icy area due to sleet or freezing rain. Warm weather through the end of the week — when temperatures exceed 50 or even 60 degrees — should limit impacts to secondary roads and sidewalks rather than major highways.
Behind the storm, there will be cool but drier air for a few days to start the new week, but indications are that February may start as January ends: largely mild.
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