Another storm currently over the northern Pacific may cause cross-country trouble next week, from the northern Rockies to the Midwest and Northeast.
Early indications are that the storm will grow large and strong after negotiating the Rockies this weekend.
It will have an opportunity to tap into Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic moisture as it progresses eastward during the first part of next week.
A storm of this nature has the potential to bring strong wind as well as areas of heavy snow on its northern flank, strong thunderstorms on its southern flank and drenching rain in the middle.
Like many storms a week or so away, the track is key to determining where the boundary of rain and snow will set up and how quickly any places would change from rain to snow or vice versa.
At this early stage, odds favor big snow from the storm to run north of Denver. A heavy amount of snow could fall over portions of Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas with wind, poor visibility and perhaps whiteout conditions for a time later Sunday into Monday.
However, whether the rain/snow line ends up north of particular major cities in the Midwest early next week is uncertain as how quickly the storm matures holds the key.
At this point, we can say that there is the potential for travel disruptions and foiled plans over a heavily populated area of the nation beginning later this weekend and continuing into early next week over the Midwest and then the Northeast toward the middle of the week. If you have flights into or out of these areas, you will want to keep an eye on it.
One outlying scenario to watch for is the potential for redevelopment of the storm as it nears the East Coast. Typically, a storm moving from west to east does not pose a big threat for coastal wind and storm surge flooding. However, if the storm were to rapidly reorganize and strengthen near the coast, some very vulnerable areas could be attacked from the sea once again with the risk of further damage.
At least the timing of the storm would not coincide with the full moon and associated astronomical effects thereof. The next full moon occurs around March 27 at 5:29 a.m. EDT.
A couple of smaller, weaker storms moving quickly along ahead of the big storm will bring pockets of snow, rain and both to portions of the Midwest through the end of the week and into the weekend.
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