Could the eastern US face more snow later this week?

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Recap of Blizzard of 2016

By Kristina Pydynowski, Accuweather.com

As millions of people dig out and recover in the wake of the Blizzard of 2016, many are wondering when the next snowstorm will hit. Another storm bears watching on Friday.

Communities still digging out from the blizzard in the mid-Atlantic and far southern New England will welcome a break from accumulating snow through Thursday.

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A weak system passing through the region could bring a touch of drizzle and spotty freezing rain on Tuesday that could end as flurries on Wednesday.

The system to watch for a new round of potential major travel disruptions will form in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday. The exact track of the storm will determine whether a swath of more disruptive snow spreads across the Northeast or remains offshore.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski, "That storm will track northeastward over the Atlantic Ocean and rapidly strengthen during the latter half of the week."

"The window of movement for the storm ranges from right along the coast to a few hundred miles out to sea," Sosnowski said.

"A storm that tracks near the coast could bring rain and heavy snow to the Interstate 95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and New England, while a storm that tracks well to the east could keep heavy precipitation offshore of most locations."

It is too early to say with certainty where the storm will track, but areas farther north in New England could face much greater impact from the storm later this week, when compared to last week's encounter.

Since the storm will have much more northward movement, when compared to last weekend's blizzard, areas from the mid-Atlantic to New England and Atlantic Canada will need to monitor the storm's progress.

"The forecast challenge with the storm last weekend was the northern extent of the heavy snow," Sosnowski said. "The question late this week will be: How far west does the heavy snow get?"

Places north of a line from Pittsburgh to Scranton, Pennsylvania and Boston totally escaped theBlizzard of 2016.

Just as the storm track will determine which areas receive snow or rain versus dry weather, how strong the the storm becomes will determine the severity of conditions.

"There is the potential for the storm to evolve into a blizzard with the area from New England to the Canadian Maritimes being the greatest concern at this time," Sosnowski said. "However, there is a chance the storm strengthens quickly enough to track farther west with the risk of a significant winter storm in the mid-Atlantic."

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People make they way through the snow in the middle of Park Avenue January 25, 2016 as New Yorkers return to work after the city was hit with a record-setting snowfall. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: People walk past mound of snow on Wall Street two days after a massive snow storm covered the east coast of the United States in snow on January 25, 2016 in New York City. The storm that dumped over two-feet of snow on the city is responsible for the deaths of 31deaths on the East Coast. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Commuters stand on the platform as a New York City bound PATH train arrives at Journal Square Station during Monday morning commute following a weekend snowstorm, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Jersey City, N.J. East Coast residents who made the most of a weekend blizzard faced new challenges Monday as the workweek began including slippery roads and spotty transit service. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Commuters cross piles of snow to catch a bus, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in New York. The weekend's storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with near-record snowfalls tallied from Washington to New York City, creating delays along snow-covered streets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Commuters stand on the platform as a New York City bound PATH train departs Journal Square Station during Monday morning commute following a weekend snowstorm, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Jersey City, N.J. East Coast residents who made the most of a weekend blizzard faced new challenges Monday as the workweek began including slippery roads and spotty transit service. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Commuters wait in the street as piles of snow fill their bus stop, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in New York. The weekend's storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with near-record snowfalls tallied from Washington to New York City, creating delays along snow-covered streets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Nearly a block-long pile of plowed snow waits to be loaded into a melter, in lower Manhattan, in New York Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. East Coast residents who made the most of a paralyzing weekend blizzard face fresh challenges as the workweek begins: slippery roads, spotty transit service and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked sidewalk entrances. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Morning commuters pass plowed snow on Wall Street in front of Federal Hall in New York's Financial District, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. East Coast residents who made the most of a paralyzing weekend blizzard face fresh challenges as the workweek begins: slippery roads, spotty transit service and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked sidewalk entrances. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Commuters maneuver through the snow to catch a bus, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in New York. The weekend's storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with near-record snowfalls tallied from Washington to New York City, creating delays along snow-covered streets. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Workers clear the tracks of snow at the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Railroad Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Port Washington, N.Y.. Service is suspended on the Port Washington branch due to the recent snow storm. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Police tape is stretched in front of a pile of snow on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. East Coast residents who made the most of a paralyzing weekend blizzard face fresh challenges as the workweek begins: slippery roads, spotty transit service mounds of snow, and closed schools and government offices.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A car covered with snow makes its way down a mostly empty 16th Street in Washington, DC, two days after a massive snowstorm on January 25, 2016. The eastern United States emerged wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people, but Washington was still reeling, with government offices and schools to remain closed Monday. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - JANUARY 25: A woman pushes a stroller over a snow covered road following a blizzard on January 25, 2016 in Wilmington, Delaware. Many streets in the city remained covered with snow. A major snowstorm hit the East Coast over the weekend breaking records of snow fall while causing flooding and ice in other areas along the Mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: A woman walks through a cloud of steam two days after a massive snow storm covered the east coast of the United States in snow on January 25, 2016 in New York City. The storm that dumped over two-feet of snow on the city is responsible for the deaths of 31deaths on the East Coast. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: People walk past a mound of snow on Wall Street two days after a massive snow storm covered the east coast of the United States in snow on January 25, 2016 in New York City. The storm that dumped over two-feet of snow on the city is responsible for the deaths of 31deaths on the East Coast. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A woman tries to navigate through the snow on Park Avenue January 25, 2016 as New Yorkers return to work after the city was hit with a record-setting snowfall. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers clear the tracks of snow at the Port Washington branch of the Long Island Railroad Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 in Port Washington, N.Y.. Service is suspended on the Port Washington branch due to the recent snow storm. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
Commuters walk past piles of snow in the elevated Broadway Junction subway station, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. East Coast residents who made the most of a paralyzing weekend blizzard trudged into the workweek Monday amid slippery roads, spotty transit service and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked sidewalk entrances. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
People try to navigate a snowbank in the middle of Park Avenue January 25, 2016 as New Yorkers return to work after the city was hit with a record-setting snowfall. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - JANUARY 25: A man digs out a car following a blizzard on January 25, 2016 in Wilmington, Delaware. Many streets in the city remained covered with snow. A major snowstorm hit the East Coast over the weekend breaking records of snow fall while causing flooding and ice in other areas along the Mid-Atlantic region. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
People try to navigate through the snow on Park Avenue January 25, 2016 as New Yorkers return to work after the city was hit with a record-setting snowfall. / AFP / Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Cold air should also not enter the picture fast enough for snow to fall into the South as was the case this past weekend.

The track of the storm late this week should prevent the Ohio and Tennessee valleys from experiencing a repeat of the disruptive snowfall.

The storm is not likely to linger along the coast as long as the blizzard did. This would prevent a prolonged period of onshore winds and waves from pounding the coastline.

The phase of the moon will be approaching the last quarter around the time of the storm. Astronomical tides are not especially high during that time.

However, strengthening winds could still lead to above-normal tides and minor coastal flooding from the mid-Atlantic, northward to Atlantic Canada. The danger will increase as the storm intensifies farther north along the coast.

Beyond the end of January, the storm track is likely to shift farther to the west toward the Great Lakes, according to AccuWeather Senior Long-Range Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

"During early February, the storm track would bring mostly rain in the East," Nicholls said. "However, snowstorms could return to the East during the latter part of February."

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