Will a Groundhog Day snowstorm eye East following storm set to brush Northeast?

Despite an overall mild weather pattern, just enough cold air may be in place at the right time for snow in part of the northeastern United States into early February.

Two storms bear watching for the potential of accumulating snow during the last few days of January and the start of February.

During this weekend, a storm will bring drenching rain to the Southeastern states.

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Severe weather in the US 2017 -- tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding, hail
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Abdel Salah, the owner of Sam's Food and Liquor Store surveys damage after a series of tornados tore through in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp
Heavy thunderstorm clouds fill the sky over Center City Philadelphia, PA, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Residents clear their cars and street of snow in Weehawken, New Jersey, as the One World Trade Center and lower Manhattan are seen after a snowstorm in New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
PERRYVILLE, MO - MARCH 01: A utility pole was downed during last night's tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Birds sit on some branches in Central Park in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Eric BARADAT (Photo credit should read ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images)
PERRYVILLE, MO - MARCH 01: A house along Pcr 906 is destroyed after last night's tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
Heavy thunderstorm clouds fill the sky over Center City Philadelphia, PA, on Feb. 25, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
PERRYVILLE, MO - MARCH 01: A shed for farm equipment on Pcr 906 collapsed and metal sheeting was tangled in trees after last night's tornado, on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
PERRYVILLE, MO - MARCH 01: A house and garage were destroyed on Hwy V after last night's tornado on March 1, 2017 in Perryville, Missouri. At least one person was killed when the tornado crossed interstate 55. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
A resident clears the street of snow in Weehawken, New Jersey, as the Empire State Building and Middle Manhattan are seen after a snowstorm in New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Debris covers a street in New Orleans East after a series of tornados tore through New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, leaving trees, power lines and homes and businesses leveled, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp
Tien Nguyen cleans up debris in "Q" Nail studio on Chef Menteur highway which he and his wife own, they survived the tornado by sheltering in the bathroom, a tornados tore through New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, leaving trees, power lines and homes and businesses leveled, in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Depp
Two snowmen sit in Central Park in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Trailers lie on their sides behind a Procter and Gamble warehouse after a tornado ripped through the area on Sunday in Albany, Georgia, U.S. January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
A snowplow clears snow in Times Square during a snowstorm in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S. March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
A gas sign from a gas station sits in a tree nearby after a tornado ripped through the area on Sunday in Albany, Georgia, U.S. January 24, 2017. REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Friends used there snow day to go sledding on a hill at 47th street northwest and Massachusetts Avenue in Washington on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Tasos Katopodis (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A police car pushes a cab stuck on a snow and sleet-covered street in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella dumped sleet and snow across the northeastern United States on Tuesday but spared New York from the worst after authorities cancelled thousands of flights and shut schools. Blizzard warnings were in effect in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and upstate New York, but were lifted for New York City, the US financial capital home to 8.4 million residents, where snow turned to sleet, hail and rain. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
The Rustic Barn, an event hall, which suffered major tornado damage, is seen from an unmanned aerial vehicle in Canton, Texas, April 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Homeowners clean up debris after a tornado hit the town of Emory, Texas, U.S. April 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade
Homes are severely damaged after a tornado hit the town of Emory, Texas, U.S. April 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade
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This storm is likely to bring some drought relief but may also produce enough rain to slow travel and cause incidents of flash and urban flooding, especially along the Interstate 10 corridor and also farther to the north along the Carolina coast.

Those with plans to go to the NFL Pro Bowl game in Orlando on Sunday afternoon will need to bring along rain gear.

Snow or snow showers are in the offing for northeastern US early next week

The same storm and an associated push of chilly air are forecast to spread rain showers from west to east across the Northeast this weekend. Other than some minor travel issues and disruptions to outdoor activities, no major problems are likely in the Northeast this weekend.

Not enough rain will fall to aggravate water levels and ice jams on the Susquehanna River and other streams in the region. The mild weather and light rain may help to diffuse the ice jams.

However, as the southern storm turns northward, just enough cold air may arrive with an Alberta clipper storm to produce snow in some areas and snow showers in others early next week.

"How quickly these three components come together will determine the extent of dry air and flurries versus accumulating snow," according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

"The trend has been for these features to join up faster and pull the southern storm closer to the coast," Pastelok said. "At this point, people from New England to the upper mid-Atlantic coast should monitor the forecast for changes and potential snow from Monday night into Tuesday."

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President Obama playing in the snow
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President Obama playing in the snow
People are always asking me to choose my favorite picture of the President. But I just can't do it. So let me tell you about my favorite day. It was a Saturday in February 2010. Washington was under siege with snow. I slept in my office overnight, knowing I probably couldn't drive to the White House the next day. And then I guessed...and yes, hoped...that the President of the United States would be a dad and play with his girls in the snow. And he did. Two more pictures will follow.
Snow angels. 2010.
Snowstorm 2010. The President with Sasha and Malia.
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At this point, areas that stand the best chance of receiving more than a coating of snow will be the central Appalachians, eastern New England and Nova Scotia, and a swath from western New York state to perhaps southeastern New York state and northern New Jersey.

There is the potential for slippery roads and airline delays from Monday night into part of Tuesday.

Will a Groundhog Day snowstorm come about?

Snow and the risk of slippery travel in the Northeast next week may not end with the storm early on.

"Following another surge of warm air during the middle part of next week, cold air will advance, and another swath of rain will break out late in the week," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

"If a storm manages to develop as the cold air is sweeping in, then rain may change to snow and accumulate across the Appalachians, eastern Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes region spanning next Friday and Friday night," Anderson said.

t's possible that the transition from rain to snow may extend to the East Coast, depending on the storm track. Such a storm, if it materializes, may affect flights in the Interstate 95 corridor for fans heading to Minnesota for the Super Bowl.

The bulk of the storm may occur on Groundhog Day, Friday, Feb. 2, when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his burrow in Pennsylvania to make his prediction as to how long winter weather will last.

Recall that a storm brought heavy snow to part of the Northeast on Groundhog Day 2015. New York City received 5 inches of snow and drenching rain from the storm, while Boston was buried under 16 inches. Earlier, the same storm delivered heavy snow to the Midwest.

AccuWeather will continue to provide updates on the storm potential in the coming days.

In the meantime, temperatures will continue to swing from seasonable chill to above-average warmth in the Eastern states into next week. However, frigid air is again building over the Arctic and likely to return during February.

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