A storm swinging northeastward from Texas will produce a swath of rain in the South, a narrow zone of wintry mix in the Ohio Valley and snow in part of the Northeast this weekend.
While the storm will not be a powerhouse in terms of wind and heavy precipitation, it will bring enough snow to make roads slippery, cause minor delays at some airports and impact holiday shopping.
According to Bloomberg, this could be the biggest shopping weekend of the year with the potential for Saturday, often referred to as Super Saturday, to surpass retail sales from Black Friday.
As the storm begins to roll out from the Gulf Coast late Friday night and Saturday, moisture reaching into the Ohio Valley will fall in the form of snow or a wintry mix of snow, sleet and rain.
Accumulation will generally range from a coating to an inch or two in this swath of the Midwest. Most of the accumulation will be on grassy surfaces. However, some roads and sidewalks from can be slippery beginning from near Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Evansville, Indiana; Louisville, Kentucky; Huntington, West Virginia; Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.
Farther south on Saturday, soaking rain will sweep eastward from Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee to Georgia, northern Florida and the Carolinas.
During Saturday night, the snow and a wintry mix will affect the central Appalachians from West Virginia and northern Virginia to western Maryland, much of Pennsylvania and central New York state. Some roads may get slippery in this area. Rain will push eastward across Virginia and into the Delmarva Peninsula.
Light rain and a wintry mix will also develop in part of the Interstate 95 corridor Saturday night from near Washington, D.C., to New York City. Mostly rain will fall in this area by Sunday midday. Roads in much of the I-95 corridor will be wet.
During Sunday, a light rain and wintry mix will affect southern and eastern New England with spotty snow across the interior. Roads in much of the I-95 in this swath will be wet with a few slippery spots possible. Provided the snow falls at a fast enough pace in central and northern New England, there is a chance of general slippery travel.
Rain will redevelop in parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England on Monday.
To see the stop and start times of rain or snow in your area, check AccuWeather MinuteCast®.
A storm that follows, centered on Christmas Eve, in the Central and Eastern states will likely be much more disruptive in terms of travel delays due to heavy snow, strong winds, gusty thunderstorms and torrential rain. More details will follow on AccuWeather.com.