Snow to Make a Comeback Next Week in Midwest, EastA wide swath of the country braces for still more snow
In this file photo, people ice skate in Central Park in New York City. More cold and snow is on its way to the city. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
The return to cold weather next week will be anything but straightforward as several storms of various strength and track will swing through.
Cold air will return in stages late this weekend into the end of next week. While that cold air will not have the staying power of much of this past winter, it will be strewn with storm systems. Any of these storms have the potential to bring a surprise snow.
The coldest air will settle in late in the week as the polar vortex is forecast to take another southward dip.
The cumulative nature of the storms may put some communities back in the mode where it is snowing every day or every other day. Budget and salt supply concerns may again arise. As will the potential for more travel and school disruptions.
The first potential snow event appears to be a minor one with a general coating to an inch or two within its reach. Some locations may get just flurries.
This snow will be a rather long and skinny band that will first evolve from Illinois to the eastern Great Lakes Saturday night, then will shift to the Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and New England.
Due to the recent mild temperatures, the snow will initially start as or mix with rain in many locations.
A second and rather weak system will swing eastward from the Midwest Monday night and will cross the Appalachians and reach the East Coast Tuesday.
A third system Tuesday night and Wednesday appears to be the strongest of the bunch through midweek.
According to Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, "The storm during the middle of next week will travel along the zone of greatest temperature contrast, which right now looks to be from the Tennessee Valley to the lower mid-Atlantic coast."
Many storms have turned out stronger or over-achieved, when compared to early indications.
"If the storm ends up being stronger, it could take more of a northward turn along the Atlantic coast," Pydynowski said.
A stronger storm tracking in this manner would have a greater chance at bringing heavier snow farther north, than a modest storm heading straight out to sea.
In this very challenging weather pattern, the details on the storms may not be available until within a day or two of the actual event and adjustments to the forecast over time is likely.RELATED ON SKYE: 50 Must-See Weather Photos from 2013