There is a chance that multiple storms next week could sync with colder air that settles into the Northeast to bring snow or a wintry mix to part of the region.
Following near-average highs this weekend, colder air will arrive in stages from the latter part of this week and into the second week of February.
The benign weather pattern will become more extreme during next week and could feature a couple of storms that could have significant impact in part of the Northeast.
The jet stream will take a large southward plunge into the central United States during next week. This river of strong winds aloft will cause arctic air to pour southward over the Plains and Midwest.
According to AccuWeather Chief Long Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok, the arctic air will not be in a hurry to push east of the Appalachians next week.
"The core of the cold air will stay over the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio valleys," Pastelok said.
However, the pattern will help to set up a storm track from southwest to northeast along the Atlantic Seaboard next week. The air could be cold enough for wintry precipitation in some areas of the East by then.
High temperatures during the first few days of next week will range from the low 30s F in the mountains to the low to mid-40s along the Atlantic coast, with room to be a few degrees lower than current the forecast along the Interstate 95 corridor.
The first storm will make its run near the East Coast spanning Monday into early Tuesday.
Should the first storm track close to the coast, rain and/or wet snow could occur in the swath from Virginia to southern New England with snow or a wintry mix farther north. Should the first storm swing well off the coast, then little or no precipitation would occur.
During late Tuesday to Wednesday, a second potential storm bears watching as well.
The air will likely be cold enough to support snow farther east, perhaps right to the Atlantic coast by the middle of next week. However, how quickly that second storm forms will determine whether or not the mid-Atlantic region avoids or receives accumulating snow. The odds of accumulating snow with the second storm increase farther north toward New England.
"As with any pattern change, there is a period of uncertainty and the potential for swings in the forecast," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said. "It is too early to make a call, one way or the other, until we gauge how the colder air and the two storms will interact with each other."
AccuWeather will continue to provide updates on the potential for storms and wintry precipitation in the Northeast in the coming days.
A few days of below-average temperatures are possible in the wake of the storms late next week.