A strengthening storm system will bring snow from the Plains through the Northeast through late-week while we watch for some more chances of snow into next week. There will also be another round of cooler air that will infiltrate the East this weekend.

Welcome to the Thursday 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.

Snow and Ice Impact Midwest:

  1. The low pressure will continue to intensify this Thursday as heavy snow becomes more present and widespread. This won’t be a significant winter storm, however, with most areas receiving less than half a foot of snow.
  2. Widespread Winter Weather Advisories are in effect, meaning hazardous but not intense weather is expected.
  3. Freezing rain will be possible in the Great Lakes region Thursday, including in Chicago, making for numerous travel delays.
  4. The heaviest of snow will be found in the upper Midwest with totals generally between 2 and 6 inches, with localized totals of up to 10 inches.
  5. Some snow will be possible in the eastern Great Lakes region, Appalachian Mountains, and northern New England Thursday night, but little to no accumulation is expected.

Cooler Temperatures Return to East This Weekend:

  1. Widespread high temperatures of 15-30 degrees above average across the East are forecast Thursday and/or Friday ahead of a cold front, translating to actual highs in the 70s (!) as far north as the Ohio River Valley.
  2. The Northeast won’t be as warm, but temperatures may still get into the 50s across some areas, especially on Friday.
  3. The cold front will push through most of the East by Saturday. Only Florida will remain mild and will not feel the effects of this front.
  4. Temperatures will drop 5-15 degrees below average for most of the East this weekend.

More Snow Chances Next Week:

  1. Additional storms and disturbances are expected to impact the US next week, beginning with snow in the West this weekend.
  2. A round of light snow will be possible from parts of the Midwest through Northeast early next week, but accumulations are expected to be light.
  3. A more-developed storm system may then form mid next week across the central US, making for the risk for snow across similar areas as this week’s storm.
  4. Details are still to be determined given that the forecast is still very uncertain.

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Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami.

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