After a few cold and dry days during the middle of the week, the Midwest and Northeast are set to receive another bout of wintry weather by the weekend.
A storm will strengthen as it moves eastward across southern Canada through the middle of the week. It will dive into the western Great Lakes on Friday, tapping into an area of moisture pulled northward from the Gulf of Mexico.
“As the Northeast continues to dig out from the March 14 snowstorm, a new storm will take aim at the Midwest early Friday morning and the Northeast on Friday night into Saturday,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido.
The system will impact parts of the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest on Thursday night, bringing a burst of rain and snow showers.
As strengthening occurs through the night, a better organized event is expected throughout the Midwest on Friday.
Snow will fall in areas north of the Great Lakes while a messy mix of snow, sleet and rain is anticipated across Wisconsin and much of Michigan where temperatures will be higher.
As the storm sweeps eastward throughout the day on Friday, precipitation can be anticipated by Friday afternoon in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
While mainly rain is expected in these areas, precipitation will fall as snow over the higher elevations.
“Temperatures throughout the Northeast will fall near or below freezing Friday night before the arrival of precipitation, setting the stage for some light snow and wintry mix accumulations,” said Vido.
A changeover to rain is expected for the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic while snow overtakes New England and rain showers reach the coast of the Carolinas late on Friday night.
Saturday will turn out snowy across Michigan, northern Pennsylvania, New York and much of New England.
“While heavy snow accumulations are unlikely, wintry weather will potentially impact many of the same places that saw over a foot of snow Tuesday,” said Vido.
In Ohio, southern Pennsylvania and southern New England, a slushy mix of rain and snow can be anticipated.
“This wintry mix could make its way to the I-95 corridor between Philadelphia and New York, potentially leading to slippery travel conditions Saturday morning before temperatures rise above freezing,” said Vido.
Mild ocean temperatures will result in mainly rain and sleet along the coasts as far north as Portland, Maine.
Brisk northwesterly winds are again expected to spill into the Northeast behind this quick-moving system.
“The shot of cold air following this storm will allow for some snow to fall across interior regions on Saturday,” said Vido.
With another system on the horizon soon after this weekend storm departs, there will be little relief from winter over the coming week.