As rain and snow moves into Canada today, cooler temperatures will follow for the weekend, bringing winter back into the East. Meanwhile, the West Coast braces for heavy snow and rain to come with the arrival of a powerful winter storm that will last through the weekend. For next week, we’re keeping a close eye on some snow potential in the Northeast.

Welcome to the Friday edition of your Morning Briefing, where we’ll give you a quick rundown on everything you need to know weather-wise, every weekday morning. Let’s dive right in.

Cooler Temperatures Back in the East:

  1. A week of mild temperatures may have tricked a few into thinking that Spring is on its way. But temperatures in the East are set to drop yet again this weekend, effectively re-surging winter.
  2. Surface high pressure is building over the Eastern US in place of the passing rain storm. This, in combination with the passage of low pressure aloft, will bring more winter-like temperatures to the East.
  3. Today, high temperatures are expected to remain 10-15 degrees warmer than average. Saturday, a cold front passing through will bring temperatures back down to average/below-average until well into next week.

Powerful West Coast Storm:

  1. A powerful winter storm will drop a significant amount of snow and rain over the Pacific Northwest this weekend, making travel possibly very dangerous.
  2. Winter Storm Warnings are already in effect across the region, with 6+ inches of snow expected for the Seattle area and over a foot for higher elevations.
  3. Gusty northerly winds can severely limit visibility during and after snowfall, causing possible blizzard conditions Saturday and Saturday night.
  4. While this system is expected to pass by Sunday, two more incoming systems will keep snowy conditions in the region through early next week.

Possible Snow Threat(s) for Northeast Next Week:

  1. A calm and cold weekend in the Northeast will be followed by a light snow threat at the end beginning of next week. But what we’re mostly keeping our eye on is the heavier snow threat later next week.
  2. Next week’s storm setup will be similar to this week’s, except colder air in place will mean more frozen precip than rain. The first round of snow will likely be light and scattered, leaving only a few inches on the ground.
  3. The second round could bring heavy snow to the region, along with some ice and slush in warmer areas. Details are still mostly unknown due to it still being almost a week out, but we will be sure to keep you updated into next week.

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Kathleen is a writer and meteorological consultant at WeatherOptics. A recent graduate from Stony Brook University, Kathleen has earned her B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Previously, she has done research on the role of Atmospheric Rivers on Arctic Amplification and forecasted for local pages like SBU Weather.

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