The same storm that will threaten the mid-Atlantic during the middle of next week will first cross the Plains and Ohio Valley with the potential for moderate to heavy snow.
The storm will start to spread snow across the northern Plains on Sunday night into Monday. Accumulations should generally be light across the Dakotas, southern Minnesota and Iowa.
However, travel could still become slick and dangerous along portions of I-29, I-80, I-90 and I-94.
Once the storm reaches the Ohio Valley next Monday night into Tuesday, it will pick up steam and gather moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. The intensity of snow is expected to increase as a result.
Cities in the path of moderate to heavy snow as the storm ramps up include St. Louis, Louisville and Cincinnati. Flight delays and cancellations due to snow are possible in this zone.
Heavy snow may slow travel along portions of I-44, I-64, I-70 and I-75. It is not out of the question that snow makes it far enough south to cause some issues along I-40 as well.
Some light snow may reach as far north as Minneapolis and Chicago on the northern edge of the storm.
As the storm moves the East Coast at midweek, it may strengthen even more very quickly. There is potential for a windswept snowstorm in major cities of the Northeast from Washington, D.C., to New York City. Power outages and difficult travel may be major impacts of the storm.
The track of the storm is not yet set in stone, so a difference in the storm moving north or south by 100 miles could have major implications on the forecast and impacts. Keep checking back with AccuWeather.com for the latest details as they unfold.
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