A new storm will threaten the eastern United States with adverse weather around the middle of next week.
February will end with an Alberta Clipper spreading disruptive snow from the upper Great Lakes to the interior of northern New England Sunday into Monday. At most, spotty showers will dot the Eastern Seaboard.
That will not be the case when a more potent storm from the central United States tracks eastward for the start of March.
"The East Coast may have to deal with another round of stormy weather in the middle of next week," AccuWeather Meteorologist Becky Elliott said.
The timing and precise track of the storm will determine how it impacts a certain community, some of which that are still cleaning up from the damaging thunderstorms from earlier this week.
Latest indications point toward the storm tracking through the Great Lakes around the Tuesday night to Wednesday time frame of next week.
This scenario would lead to a windblown area of snow in the Great Lakes with "a warm sweep of air from the Carolinas to Maine," AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams said.
Similar to the potent winter storm from earlier this week, that warm surge should allow the East to escape substantial snow. Since the storm will not be preceded by a fresh arctic blast, the danger of slick spots at the storm's onset in the Northeast should be less than the recent storm.
Snow, however, would become more of a concern for the Ohio Valley and Northeast if the storm bypasses the Great Lakes to the south and east.
Regardless of the exact track, places south and east of the storm's track in the East will be subject to more rain, gusty winds and thunderstorms.
"Along the system's cold front, gusty winds and heavy rainfall will start Tuesday afternoon along the Mississippi River and translate east on Wednesday through the Eastern Seaboard," Elliott said.
"Springtime thunderstorms, some of which can be severe, will also occur along and ahead of the front," Abrams said.
The main danger from any severe thunderstorms will likely be damaging winds, but isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out. While it only takes one severe thunderstorm or tornado to devastate a family or community, the severe weather threat along the Eastern Seaboard and Gulf Coast does not appear to be as extreme as the outbreak from earlier this week.
How far north the warm, moist air surges will determine the northern extent of the severe weather threat.
Even in the absence of thunderstorms, gusty winds and downpours can cause issues for residents and travelers as the front tracks from the Mississippi Valley to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.
"Strong southerly winds will develop ahead of the front and can be locally damaging," Abrams said.
Downpours can lead to slower travel and hazards by reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds. Airline passengers should prepare for possible flight delays.
"Then the harsh reality of the fact that it is not spring becomes apparent," Abrams said as the passage of the front will open the door for colder air to return to the East later next week.
Brisk winds should create even lower AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
As the colder air returns, snow showers will once again stream into the Appalachian Mountains for a time and lead to slick travel.
Residents of the East should continue to check back with AccuWeather as more details on the storm next week unfold.