The active weather pattern of recent days will continue during the next couple of weeks across the eastern half of the nation…and that may be quite an understatement. One storm system will impact the Mid-Atlantic region this weekend with accumulating snow likely across interior sections and a mix is likely in the big cities along I-95. Another storm system will impact a large part of the eastern half of the nation from next Tuesday into Wednesday (1/9-1/10) with heavy rain, interior snow, and potentially damaging winds. Looking beyond, there may be a couple more storm systems to deal with in the eastern half of the nation by the time we get through the mid-point of January.
Low pressure pushes out of the southern states early this weekend and it will head in a northeast direction with precipitation possible in the DC metro region as early as mid-day on Saturday. The precipitation will continue to push to the north and east on Saturday likely reaching the Philly and NYC metro regions by the mid-to-late afternoon hours. In terms of precipitation type, with no true Arctic air in place, it looks like a battle shaping up between rain and snow in the immediate I-95 corridor with a mixture the likely result in the big cities and that will put a limit on snow accumulations. At the onset, the precipitation may start as snow or a mix of snow and ice, but then likely to transition to rain by later in the day or at night. Some accumulations are possible before any transition takes place; especially, in the normally colder northern and western suburbs, but they’ll be capped by the expected changeover. Precipitation can linger on Sunday morning; especially, to the north of the PA/MD border and this can be primarily in the form of snow. One final note, it looks like they’ll be a sharp gradient in snowfall accumulations with this weekend storm system meaning 25 miles or so can make a big difference in final amounts. Therefore, stay tuned as a small shift in the expected storm track can still have a big impact and it is three days away.
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