Following a significant winter storm Monday into Tuesday across the northeastern US, all eyes shift to the next chance for wintry weather late-week. This storm will not be as impactful as the earlier one, but it may still create hazardous weather conditions.
The first storm will be associated with a clipper system moving from Canada through the Northeast. Impacts will begin on Thursday as light snow showers creep into parts of the upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes. The best chance for any reasonable snowfall accumulations at this point in time will be the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Now by Friday, the clipper will track into the Northeast, bringing rain and snow to the region. Unlike our most recent storm earlier this week, the cold air will be more limited to interior portions of the region and in northern New England. Therefore, we expect rain to be the main precipitation type across southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Another a key feature of clippers is that they are moisture-starved, so precipitation totals will be lackluster. The only areas that may receive meaningful snowfall is in the northern Green and White Mountains and in northern Maine, but even most of these areas are expected to experience a changeover to rain Friday evening.
Behind the clipper will be a new round of cold air as we watch a second storm system originating from the West Coast track through the Mid-Atlantic. This is several days out so details are to be determined, but there will be the risk for snow on Saturday from the Ohio River Valley (especially near the actual river) through the southern Mid-Atlantic. This puts cities like Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia at risk for snow. Again, will it snow? It’s possible. We also don’t know the exact timing or snowfall totals at this time, so stay tuned. This will not be a significant snow event but some locations may receive several inches of snowfall on Saturday.
As we look ahead to the second half of February, the model guidance is hinting at increased snow risks for the Northeast, so be sure to follow along with WeatherOptics as we track these next potential storms.