After a cold night upcoming in the suburbs, we will see the next few days become seasonably warmer. Don’t let that fool you though as we are still in the midst of a stormy pattern, and the cold,possibly severe, will make a return next week. The next storm system will affect our area late Friday night and into Saturday. Not only will it be fast moving and probably too weak, it may also take a track too close to the city/coastal areas. With an already marginal/lacking cold airmass in place to support snow, what this spells at the moment is mostly a rain event with some wet snow for the I-95 corridor on east. Further northwest, where it is colder, there could be a few inches.
When precipitation moves in Friday night, it may start off as a period of light snow/ice everywhere, but transition to rain for much of the storm, which will not be overly heavy. As the storm tries to strengthen and move away on Saturday, the rain could change back to wet snow at the tail end. With a wet ground and temperatures still hovering near or just above freezing, I find it hard to believe anything more than a light slushy accumulation will occur for the city and coastal areas.
I will continue to monitor the situation over the next 24 hours as it is still possible that we could see a trend towards a little more accumulating snow for even the city/coast. In order for that to happen, we will need to see a further east storm track and a stronger storm that could draw in more cold air to support snow. While we are running out of time for this type of trend to occur, in this winter, I will not rule out anything. Update with a map coming tomorrow.
Sunday and Monday will continue to see at least seasonably warm temperatures possibly reaching into the 40s for highs ahead of a system dropping out of Canada. This system may bring some light rain/snow to the area on Monday especially if it can develop some offshore. Otherwise, this system’s major impact will be bringing the next wave of cold air into the Eastern U.S. Then by next Wednesday, there is a growing signal for a possible major winter storm to develop across the southern U.S. and head up the East coast. It is wayyy too far out to get into specifics with snow/rain and the exact track, but this system appears to have merit and some great potential. For one it will have a very tight warm/cold temperature gradient to work with, which strong storms love to develop along. This includes a brutally cold arctic airmass on the cold side of the storm that would probably sweep into the area behind the system late next week. I may be getting a bit ahead of myself here, but I thought I’d throw the threat out there.
And finally for your entertainment, watch Jim Cantore freak out from thundersnow during the Chicago blizzard. Priceless. This is probably something I would do: