Wintry weather to return to midwestern, northeastern US late this week

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist

Only a few days after a major storm brought snow and blizzard conditions, the Midwest and Northeast are set to receive another bout of wintry weather by the weekend.

"As the Upper Midwest and Northeast continues to dig out from the recent 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.

A storm will strengthen as it dives southeastward from Canada and taps into some moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and later the Atlantic Ocean into this weekend.

While little moisture will be available to the storm initially, even a small amount of freezing rain can glaze roads and sidewalks as the storm traverses the North Central states. Snow will fall near the border of Canada.

A thin glaze of ice will occur in parts of the northern Plains on from Wednesday, then the Upper Midwest on Wednesday night and Thursday.

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During Thursday night and Friday, an arm of snow and ice will extend southward to the lower Great Lakes region, part of the Ohio Valley and the central Appalachians.

As strengthening occurs through the night, more substantial precipitation is expected as the storm progresses eastward into the weekend.

"A wintry mix can coat surfaces from Chicago to Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

"A few inches of snow is possible over parts of central and northern Michigan to the northern tier of Pennsylvania and parts of western and central New York state during Friday and Friday night."

With the exception of snow or a wintry mix in parts of the West Virginia mountains, rain will fall from West Virginia to Virginia and Tennessee.

As the storm runs into a thick dome of cold air in the Northeast, most of the precipitation will fall in the form of snow in New England with a wintry mix in the upper part of the mid-Atlantic coast during the first part of the weekend.

"Wintry weather will potentially impact many of the same places that received over a foot of snow Tuesday," said Vido.

"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."

Rain is likely around Baltimore and Washington, D.C. However, there could be a brief period of ice or a wintry mix north and west of these cities.

"The storm may attempt to strengthen quickly along the New England coast this weekend," Sosnowski said. "Prior to the storm moving out to sea this weekend, a period of moderate to heavy snow could develop in parts of eastern New England, perhaps in the Boston and Portland, Maine."

Blustery and cold conditions are again expected to spill into the Northeast behind this quick-moving system.

"The shot of cold air following this storm will allow some snow showers to fall across interior regions on Saturday," said Vido.

With another system on the horizon soon after this weekend storm leaves, there will be little relief from winter over the coming week.

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