AccuWeather forecasters say the odds are increasing that a storm will develop along the eastern seaboard and deliver accumulated snow in areas from the mid-Atlantic to New England.
Although this storm is not expected to be a blockbuster in terms of snow accumulation, it is likely to cause travel issues Sunday through Monday.
With temperatures well above normal over the past few days and similar conditions expected through Saturday, it may be hard for some to believe there could be snow in the forecast. However, temperatures will drop significantly by the second half of the weekend, paving the way for several centimeters of snow.
“While not a major snowstorm, there could be enough snow to make travel slippery on Sunday in cities such as Washington, DC, Baltimore and Richmond, Va., as people may be traveling to friends’ homes to see the big game later in the evening,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski.
Temperatures on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are expected to reach the upper 50s to near 60s in Washington, DC and Baltimore. Typically, both cities are only reaching their mid to upper 40s at this point in February.
The heat preceding any snowfall will be even more impressive in Richmond, Virginia. While the lower 50s are normal for mid-February, temperatures in the 60s are expected through Saturday. Although the forecast high of 67 degrees for Saturday is more than 15 degrees above normal, it is well below the record high of 75 degrees.
Above normal temperatures could help limit accumulations when snow begins to fall Saturday evening. Since the air will take some time to cool, it is possible that some rain will be mixed with snow. This would be especially true when precipitation falls lightly and in places where most precipitation occurs during daylight hours on Sundays.
Right now, AccuWeather meteorologists expect 1 to 3 inches of snow to fall from the mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina, northeast across much of Virginia, from Maryland and Delaware to central and southern New Jersey, Long Island, New York and southeastern New England. .
Forecasters say there will also be a pocket where a moderate amount of 3 to 6 inches of snow may accumulate in parts of Virginia, with a 10-inch AccuWeather Local StormMax&trade most likely in the central part of Virginia. State. A one-inch blanket of snow is likely from central Appalachia to northern parts of the Mid-Atlantic region and along the Virginia border into North Carolina away from the mountains.
Regardless of how far the snow falls to the north and west, the entire eastern part of the country will get much colder during the second half of the weekend through Valentine’s Day.
The rapid shift to colder conditions during and after the storm will cause untreated wetlands and slush to freeze over. So whether a location receives a blanket of snow with wet roads or a few inches of snow and slush, freezing conditions are likely to develop on Sunday evening and last until the Monday morning drive.
Cold air will push well in the southern United States, where snow is not an issue this weekend.
“The cold air moving in from behind the storm will remind those living in Atlanta and Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina that winter isn’t over as highs fall from the mid to high 60s on Friday. and Saturday at no better than mid and over 40 on Sunday,” Pydynowski said.
In most places, the coldest day is expected to be Monday. Cities as far south as Baltimore and Washington, DC, are unlikely to hit freezing point Monday.
Another day with below normal temperatures is expected on Tuesday. Warmer air will then begin to arrive on Wednesday, with an even warmer day Thursday. This could set the stage for precipitation to fall as rain when the next system arrives late next week.
AccuWeather’s long-term meteorological team expects the cold air to continue to subside at the end of the month, with significant warming potential in March.
However, the risk of overwintering will not be ruled out as pockets of cold air may still encounter thunderstorms and produce snow.