As an unusual snowstorm for the Carolinas begin to move out, we’ll watch for additional snow risks in different parts of the country this week. We’ll also keep eyes on a potential, robust storm that may affect the South late-week and more in this week’s 5 things to watch.

Clearing Southeast Snow:

An unusual winter storm took aim at the Southeast this past week, dumping inches — if not feet — of snow while knocking out power to thousands and causing widespread road issues. Over one foot of snow was recorded in parts of the southern Appalachian Mountains while over half a foot fell just north and west, causing many schools to close this Monday. Thankfully, no additional snow is ahead this week but the winter season is only beginning!

Credit: NWS

Cool Start for East Coast:

The East Coast will be in for a cool start this week as a trough dominates the upper-level weather pattern over the region while the winter storm from the weekend helps steer in chilly air from the north. Temperatures between now and Thursday will be below average for the region with levels generally at 5 to 15 degrees below their typical high temperature for this time of the year. By the weekend, however, warmer air will invade, and actually much of the US should be in for a warmer period of temperatures. According to the Climate Prediction Center, most of the US is forecast to experience above average temperatures during the 6-10 and 8-14 day periods.

Forecast high temperature anomalies Monday

Northeast Snow Showers:

Now while no significant snowfall is in the forecast for the Northeast this week, there will be a round of snow showers that moves across the interior Northeast Tuesday into Wednesday. Some of this may be lake-effect snow, producing locally heavy snow. Otherwise this event will not be significant at all but instead just a nuisance, producing generally little to a new inches of new snow accumulation.

Stormy Northwest:

Several, robust storm systems will slam into the northwestern US this week and really in the foreseeable future. The impacts for the first storm will begin to be felt on Tuesday as rain creeps onto the coast while snow starts to fall in the Cascade Mountains. That moisture will then move inland on Wednesday, allowing for coastal areas to begin to dry out while snow — some of which will be heavy — affects the northern Rocky Mountains. On the heels of that storm will be a second, which arrives by this coming weekend. This one will dump another round of heavy rain and snow, but this snow is definitely welcome.

Late-Week Storm:

A late-week storm may develop late-week over the southern Plains, then will track east toward the Southeast and East Coast this weekend. While the details are yet to be determined, heavy rain and potential strong storms are expected across the region. At this time, however, snow is not expected, but if this storm decides to track up the coast once moving offshore, that risk will need to be watched. There is no model information that really suggests that happening at this time, however.


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