Rounds of snow will threaten to cause slippery travel across the eastern US into next week.
The first storm, known as an Alberta Clipper, will be more of a nuisance spreading scattered flurries and snow showers across the East into Monday. A stronger clipper storm will follow with more disruptive snow from Monday to Wednesday.
Nuisance snow to coat the East into Monday
Poorly-organized flurries and snow showers will drop southward from the Dakotas and Minnesota to the central and southern Appalachians and mid-Atlantic spanning Saturday night to Monday.
“Snow with the first storm will generally be just a nuisance,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
With the snow tending to be light and spotty in nature, the most far-reaching impacts will be a few flurries to a coating of snow on the ground. Still, motorists should use extra care as there can be slippery spots on area roadways.
The central and southern Appalachians will be at greatest risk for a steady, accumulating snow.
A bit of snow may survive the journey east of the mountains and deliver a quick coating by Monday morning. This includes areas along the Interstate-95 corridor from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Virginia.
Motorists along this corridor could face slick spots and a slower-than-normal commute to start the new week.
Potent storm to follow early next week
The second storm threatens to spread a more widespread swath of accumulating snow and travel disruptions.
“This storm will be stronger than the one expected to move through the mid-Atlantic Sunday night into Monday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve D. Travis said.
Areas across the Great Lakes and Northeast that miss out on snow from the first storm may not be spared the second time around.
Snow will spread across Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday before blanketing the Great Lakes and Northeast Tuesday into Wednesday.
Cities that could see snowflakes flying from the early-week storm include Minneapolis, Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York City and Boston.
Enough snow to shovel and cause slippery roadways may fall along this swath.
“After the lake-effect snow this weekend over western Pennsylvania and New York, this clipper will bring more widespread snowfall across the region with several inches of snow possible from Erie to Buffalo and eastward to Albany,” Travis said.
As the storm strengthens and gathers wind, blowing and drifting snow can result and further reduce visibility.
“Travel will be difficult at times,” according to Travis.
Travel interests from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast will need to monitor the storm closely and be prepared for weather-related travel disruptions early next week.