Colder air returning late this week and this weekend could hook up with one and possibly two storms capable of producing snow along Interstate 95 in the mid-Atlantic.
The track and strength of both systems will determine which areas pick up an accumulation on non-paved surfaces, as well as which locations experience slippery travel.
Snow to sweep across mid-Atlantic Thursday into Friday
The first system will take a path much farther south, when compared to the storm on Tuesday.
An area of snow and flurries will sweep from the Ohio Valley during Thursday evening to parts of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, southern New York state and northwestern North Carolina during Thursday night into Friday.
Where the snow gets a head start during the late-night and early-morning hours, roads could become slippery and snowcovered for the morning rush hour on Friday.
During March, when temperatures are in the 30s F, snow must fall at a heavy rate to accumulate on paved surfaces that are treated during the midday and afternoon hours.
Motorists from Pittsburgh to Roanoke and Richmond, Virginia; Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Dover, Delaware; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Philadelphia should be prepared for a slippery and slushy morning commute on Friday.
A slippery and slushy drive is possible along portions of Interstate 80, I-81, I-95, I-64, I-66, I-68, I-70, I-76 and I-83 to name a few.
Even though the air will be significantly colder than the storm earlier in the week, marginal temperatures will still cause some of the snow to melt and to be mixed with rain. The marginal temperatures will add a complicating factor to the storm.
Depending on the rate of snowfall, roads will tend to be mainly wet during the late morning and afternoon hours on Friday.
Should the storm take a jog to the north or south by 100 miles, then accumulating snow and slippery travel could reach as far north as New York City and Long Island or as far south as Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.
"At least for now, it does not look like a widespread nor'easter that would bring heavy snow to many areas," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.
Wet snow, flurries may fly over Northeast from Saturday into Sunday
As the first storm affects part of the Atlantic Coast on Friday, another storm will drop southeastward across the Midwest.
"Unlike the past couple of weekends, the cold air will stick around during most of this weekend," Abrams said.
The second of the two storms could spread a batch of wet snow and flurries to a large part of the Northeast.
The track and strength of the second storm is uncertain at this early juncture.
Spotty snow will break out over the central Appalachians during Saturday afternoon and evening and spread toward the coast later at night into Sunday morning.
Since pockets of steady snow are possible and part of the storm will occur during the nighttime and early morning hours, some roads could be slippery for a time.
Beyond this weekend, much warmer conditions will move in next week. The pattern change could signal an end to wintry weather for the season for many locations.