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Active Pattern Could Yield Northeast Snowstorm Saturday

There is a chance that a storm will bring substantial snow to part of the Northeast Friday night and Saturday.

According to AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "The pattern through next week will bring a series of storms originating from western Canada, traveling across the Ohio Valley then moving off the coast of the Northeast."

These storms, known as Alberta Clippers, will generally be weak and fast-moving, so that they will fail to bring much precipitation.

However, a couple of the dozen or so storms through next week could strengthen and turn the corner upon reaching the New England coast.

One of the storms to watch for this is scheduled for Friday night and Saturday.

There is a chance that this storm will strengthen and slow down enough to throw heavy snow across part of the mid-Atlantic, New England, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Such a storm could cause snow-clogged highways and flight delays due to wind and deicing operations.

A mix of rain and snow could fall right along the coast.

The timing of the potential storm is for the coastal mid-Atlantic Friday night, then areas farther northeast during Saturday.

The other scenario is the storm brings only spotty light snow to the same areas and minor travel disruptions.

Details will follow on AccuWeather.com concerning the storm intensity, snowfall and snow versus rain issues.

In addition to the series of clipper storms, waves of colder air will return to the Northeast.

"The pattern will favor frequent temperature changes from one day to the next," Abrams said.

One day will bring near- to above-average temperatures only to be followed by a cold blast the next.

"How windy, warm and cold it gets on either side of the frequent storms will depend on how strong those storms become in the first place," Abrams said.

A piece of the polar vortex will set up near Hudson Bay, Canada, through the end of the month and will act as a giant pinwheel for the waves of cold air and clipper storms reaching from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast.

Meanwhile, it appears there is no hope for drought relief in the Southwest in the short term.

"While storms and cold frequent the Midwest, Northeast and the interior South, much of the West will remain dry and rather warm," Abrams said.