In terms of the potential for accumulating snow in the DC-to-Philly-to-NYC corridor where it has been virtually non-existent this winter season, it’ll be a struggle – at least initially – to get sufficient cold air. Odds favor rain for the immediate I-95 corridor during the late weekend/early next week event although this is still a close-call and needs to be closely monitored. A little bit of a shift in the expected storm track to the southeast can raise the chance of snow in the I-95 corridor. For now, snow is looking more likely in those interior, higher elevation locations to the north and west of I-95.
The passage of this early week storm system can help to “push-back” the western Atlantic ridge of high pressure potentially allowing for better established cold air in the Mid-Atlantic region just in time for the mid-week follow-up storm. This impact from the first storm could raise the chances significantly for snow in the DC-to-Philly-to-NYC corridor for the second storm. Following the mid-week storm system, cold air may very well spread farther to the south and east so that virtually all of the nation could experience colder-than-normal conditions by week’s end. Nationwide colder-than-normal weather in late January is quite impressive considering this is about the time climatological averages are at their lowest levels of the year.
Stay tuned…just about all of the “potential” snows” this winter season have turned into disappointments for snow lovers in the immediate I-95 corridor, but there is some hope for next week.
Meteorologist Paul Dorian
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