The beginning of March marks the start of meteorological spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but this does not signal the end of winter weather in the United States.
The next major storm will impact the central and eastern portions of the nation this week, producing a wide variety of weather ranging from heavy snow to strong thunderstorms.
Accumulating snowfall will be kept mainly over the northern portion of the storm, reaching from the Rocky Mountains across the Great Lakes on Tuesday.
Tuesday looks to bring the worst in terms of snow-related disruptions as the winter storm spreads snow from Denver to Minneapolis and eastward through Toronto.
Snow-covered roads, slippery sidewalks and reduced visibility should all be expected as the snow impacts areas long the I-80 and I-90 corridors.
If you are planning to travel across this area on Tuesday, you should allow for extra time to reach your destination to account for the snow-related travel delays.
Precipitation is also expected to start off as snow across the Northeast.
However, snow in this area should not accumulate much as warm air surging in from the south will allow for the snow to change to rain, washing away any snow that does accumulate.
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Tuesday's snow will be followed up with a blast of fresh arctic air across the northern Plains and Midwest on Wednesday as the storm system quickly tracks to the East.
This push of arctic air can cause any wet or slushy surfaces to freeze up on Tuesday night, leading to an icy commute on Wednesday.
It does not appear though that this push of below-normal temperatures will remain over the Plains for long as temperatures moderate during the latter part of the week.
Much of the northern Plains and Midwest will stay dry for the rest of the week following the storm with dry weather holding into the upcoming weekend.