Folks wanting a big snowstorm in the Northeast will have a wait a while longer. However, cold enough air for skiing will continue through the extended Dr. Martin Luther King weekend.
The weather pattern into the start of next week will favor episodes spotty snow and flurries.
While these can cause minor travel problems at the local level, widespread disruptions from heavy snow are unlikely through Monday.
One such episode of spotty snow was drifting across the coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic and western New England on Thursday.
Another episode is taking aim on the central Appalachians Friday into Friday night.
The snow would reach some of the coastal areas of the mid-Atlantic and New England Friday night into Saturday.
A third episode of spotty snow is possible on Sunday over the Northeast region.
Waves of cold air will continue to move out of Canada into early next week but will first have to cross the Midwest and Great Lakes, where it will moderate.
The pattern into next week will allow some temperatures swings from one day to the next, but ski resorts will be able to keep snow on their slopes and make more snow at night, if necessary.
Later in the month, the pattern is forecast to change to more persistent cold and perhaps more intense cold like that of early in January.
During this transition to more noteworthy cold, one or more significant storms with snow can come about, the details of which are not yet clear. The earliest one of the storms could occur is on Tuesday of next week.