Nuisance snow will glide across the midwestern and northeastern United States through Friday.
The snow will fall over some of the same areas that were riddled with severe weather and basking in near-record warmth just days ago.
The snow is not anticipated to cause major disruptions to travel and daily activities. However, the return of cold and snowy conditions will remind residents that winter has not thrown in the towel quite yet.
A weak Alberta Clipper system will race eastward and take advantage of the fresh chill across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic.
“This system will be starved for moisture, so snow amounts are expected to generally range from just a coating to an inch,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said. “Some of the highest elevations in West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania may see as much as 3 or 4 inches.”
The highest terrain in southeastern Kentucky could also pick up a few of inches of snow from the storm.
The burst of wintry weather will push across the Midwest and Ohio Valley into Thursday night before reaching the mid-Atlantic on Friday.
Given the recent warmth and increasing angle of the sun, much of the snow is expected to melt immediately after reaching the ground.
“Accumulations will primarily be on non-paved and grassy surfaces,” Adamson said.
“However, in areas where snow briefly falls moderately and/or falls at night, isolated slick spots may develop especially on bridges, overpasses and less-traveled roads,” he added.
Cities that could experience a brief period of snow and minor accumulations include Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; and Charleston, West Virginia. Spotty snow could reach New York City late Friday.
A mixture of rain and snow could dampen the corridor from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore and Philadelphia. Boston will likely be spared from any snow.
Temperatures will climb over the weekend and early next week across the Central and Eastern states, quickly melting any snow that may have accumulated.
The back and forth battle between winter and spring is forecast to continue for much of the first half of March.