Snow to Accompany Return of Cold in East, MidwestStill more chilly precipitation in the forecast for next week
As in this wintry file photo, snow is once again in the forecast for Philadelphia and other East Coast cities. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Frigid arctic air looks to make a return to the Northeast and Midwest this week following some of the warmest weather the regions have had so far this year, but the colder weather will not return alone.
A series of quick-hitting storms will bring several opportunities for snow across the regions, including the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Boston.
Although communities may receive a quick coating to an inch or two from the storms through Tuesday, it does not appear like any of them will bring a substantial amount of snowfall like the nor'easter did nearly two weeks ago.
The first of these fast-tracking storms will pass over the mid-Atlantic and southern New England on Sunday night followed by the first shot of cold air for Monday.
Due to the recent stretch of mild temperatures, precipitation will likely start off as or mix with rain in many locations before changing over to snow.
Even if the snow does not accumulate on roadways, it may still lead to slick travel for motorists where the snow initially melts before temperatures dip below freezing. This could result in areas of black ice for the Monday morning commute.
Another weak system looks to track over the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, bringing the chance for another coating to an inch of snow to Detroit, Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh.
Wednesday will bring some big changes to both the Midwest and Northeast as a third storm begins to take shape, possibly bringing the most snow out of all three systems.
It is still unclear the exact path that the storm will take. The closer the storm tracks to the East Coast, the greater the likelihood for disruptive snow along the I-95 corridor.
However, there is still the chance that the storm tracks farther out to sea, bringing very little snow to residents of the Northeast.
While folks along the East Coast will be monitoring the threat of snow for midweek, those in the Midwest will begin to experience the next surge of arctic air due to the polar vortex.
Despite the track of the midweek snowstorm, this blast of polar air is poised to reach the Northeast by Thursday and remaining in place through the rest of the week.RELATED ON SKYE: 50 Must-See Weather Photos from 2013