The new week will bring more opportunities for snow to create slick travel in the northeastern United States, including the heavily populated I-95 corridor.
Enough snow to make for slippery conditions and disruptions to daily routines will fall across parts of the Northeast during the first half of next week, regardless of whether a major snowstorm takes shape.
The snow will come at the hands of a pair of winter storms. The first will track from the southeastern U.S. to Atlantic Canada from Sunday to Monday night. The second will move into the Northeast after moving through the Midwest.
The exact intensity and track of each system will determine how much snow will fall and the extent of the impacts in the Northeast.
Both storms will renew the threat of coastal flooding along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts.
Even if heavy and wind-swept snow unfolds, a repeat of the late-January blizzard with 2-3 feet of snow over a large area appears highly unlikely.
Snow to brush eastern New England to start new week
After delivering snow to a part of the eastern Carolinas this weekend, the first storm will emerge from the Southeast and head toward Atlantic Canada.
The most likely track of the storm should cause it to narrowly miss the coast of the mid-Atlantic on Sunday night but still graze Long Island and New England, especially eastern areas, with snow late on Sunday night into Monday.
Following Friday's snowstorm, residents in Providence, Rhode Island; Boston and Portland, Maine, could be faced with another round of disruptive snow and slow travel to start the new week.
The western extent of the storm should even clip New York City, where minor accumulations are expected.
How close the storm tracks to the coast will determine whether the storm will unleash substantial and wind-swept snow that will lead to the cancellation of school and flights and difficult travel versus more of a nuisance snow that will coat roads and make for a slow commute.
In the more substantial snow scenario, marginal temperatures could cause rain to mix with the snow on Cape Cod and cause the snow to be heavy, wet and difficult to shovel across southeastern Massachusetts.
As the storm heads toward Atlantic Canada on Monday night, some snow may expand back across northern New England. Attention in the Northeast will then turn toward the next storm arriving from the Midwest.
Second storm to bring slick spots to more of the Northeast
The second storm tracking toward the Northeast will likely lead to more widespread nuisance snow and slick spots than the first. However, the first storm may offer the Northeast protection from a major snowstorm or blizzard from unfolding.
The track of the storm is expected to take it from the Midwest to the mid-Atlantic on Monday and then toward Nova Scotia on Tuesday.
If the first storm is strong enough and tracks far enough out to sea, odds will decrease for the second to strengthen significantly into a major snowstorm along the New England coast. The ingredients for the storm to do so would instead be farther offshore.
That does not mean that the Northeast will escape nuisance snow and pockets of more disruptive snow.
As the storm initially reaches the mid-Atlantic on Monday, a mix of rain and wet snow will fall outside of the mountains with roads staying wet. This includes in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
Enough cold air will be in place for snow to stick on roads and lead to slow travel in the central Appalachians. That will mark the beginning of an extended period of snow streaming into the spine of the Appalachians through at least midweek.
An influx of colder air on the storm's northern and western side will allow a band of more disruptive snow to develop across the mid-Atlantic on Monday night into Tuesday as nuisance snow overspreads more of New England.
The potential exists for an extended period of snow in the mid-Atlantic that will accumulate several inches, resulting in hazardous travel and delays.
The snow may not fall heavily over a large area, but will be persistent enough for a prolonged period of slippery travel and disruptions.
Steadier snow may also spread to southern New England on Tuesday depending on the storm's path, but should remain south of New Hampshire for the presidential primary. Instead, voters will face occasional nuisance snow and slick spots.
While parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic will escape the most disruptive snow from the two storms, the entirety of the two regions will endure progressively colder shots of arctic air from later this week into next weekend.
As the first shot of arctic air arrives, more nuisance snow may spread over New England on Wednesday into Thursday.
The brutal cold next weekend has the potential to be the coldest air mass so far this winter with biting winds creating dangerously low AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures.
AccuWeather will continue to provide updates on the potential for storms and wintry precipitation in the Northeast in the coming days.