Frigid arctic air looks to make a return to the Northeast and Midwest this week following some of the warmest weather the regions have had so far this year, but the colder weather will not return alone.
A series of quick-hitting disturbances will spread a bit of snow across the Midwest and Northeast on a couple of occasions through Tuesday.
However, it is the pair of storms--one set to move through the Midwest, the other across the South--following for Wednesday that AccuWeather.com meteorologists are closely monitoring for the possibility of returning disruptive snow to the Northeast.
If the storms remain separate until reaching Atlantic Canada, the snow will remain on the lighter side across the Northeast and will only be a nuisance to motorists on Wednesday.
Steadier and heavier snow would unfold if the storms begin to combine over the Northeast. Such snow would likely evolve near or along the I-95 corridor, leading to another round of disruptions to travel and daily routines.
Residents and visitors in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com for the latest developments on the Wednesday snow potential.
The first of the fast-tracking disturbances that will precede Wednesday's snow will pass over the mid-Atlantic and southern New England on Sunday night followed by the first shot of cold air for Monday.
Due to the recent stretch of mild temperatures, precipitation will likely start off as or mix with rain in many locations before changing over to snow.
Even if the snow does not accumulate on roadways, it may still lead to slick travel for motorists where the snow initially melts before temperatures dip below freezing. This could result in areas of black ice for the Monday morning commute.
Another weak system looks to track through the Midwest Monday night, bringing another coating to an inch of snow to Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis and Columbus.
The snow should diminish to spotty snow showers as it reaches the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday.
While folks along the East Coast will be monitoring the threat of snow for midweek, all residents from the Midwest to Northeast will experience waves of colder air this week as the polar vortex sinks southward.
Since the cold air will hold firm through the start of March, the Northeast could become the target of one or two more snowstorms during that time.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.