The energetic pattern of recent days will continue through next week with storm-after-storm impacting the nation from coast-to-coast. Accumulating snow fell last night and early this morning in the Mid-Atlantic region from a system that is now exiting and another disturbance will produce more snow tonight/early Friday across central Virginia and the southern Delmarva Peninsula with the DC metro region on the northern fringes.
The weekend will present all kinds of winter weather problems across the nation with snow, ice and extreme cold in many areas. In the East, there will a wave of low pressure that will be headed to the Mid-Atlantic coastline and it will pull some moisture from the southeastern states to the northeast – and into a cold air mass. As a result, there can be some snow, sleet and/or freezing rain in the DC-to-Philly-to-NYC corridor from later Saturday into early Sunday. The upper-level support for this system does not look like all that impressive so I do not expect significant amounts of precipitation in the Mid-Atlantic region. However, it doesn’t take much in the way of ice to generate some problems so that is something to look out for later Saturday and Saturday night.
Elsewhere this weekend, a strong storm will push into the Pacific Northwest and likely produce significant snow and ice in much of Washington and Oregon. At the same time, Arctic air will plunge southward to Oklahoma and Texas in what could turn out to be a record-breaking cold air outbreak for that part of the nation. The strong storm out in the western states will slide southeastward later in the weekend and generate significant snows in the Rocky Mountain States and then significant snow and ice will hit the Southwest US and southern Plains. In fact, accumulating snow could reach all the way down into Dallas by Sunday night/early Monday and ice can become an issue all the way down into Houston.
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