Weekend storm to bring more snow, ice and rain to central and eastern US
Following yet another extensive swath of snow over the Midwest and Northeast to end this week, a new storm will take shape this weekend with a wide variety of precipitation and travel issues.
A storm is set to track from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes this weekend.
Wintry impacts are likely at the major hubs of Chicago and Detroit on Saturday. The storm is slated to affect hubs from Atlanta to New York City during Saturday night and Sunday.
The well-inland path will translate to warmer and mostly liquid precipitation from Texas to Massachusetts on east and south.
However, a few pockets of cold air may remain at the onset of the storm to cause black ice issues from the Appalachians to the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts, despite mostly rain from the storm.
While much of this area can expect milder air with plain rain, fog may become dense enough to lead to delays on the highways and for airline passengers.
The area from Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas to much of Missouri, central and southern Illinois, much of Indiana, northern and central Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania, upstate New York and central and northern New England is likely to get a wintry mix from the storm that includes some ice.
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The swath from northeastern Kansas and eastern Nebraska to much of Iowa, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan is likely to receive mostly snow from the storm. There is the potential for a few inches, depending on the storm's strength.
At this time, enough snow is likely to fall to make roads and sidewalks slippery and force crews to plow and apply a fresh dose of ice-melting products.
The storm will cap a week-long siege of snow and travel disruptions, including airline delays and multiple-vehicle accidents with the worst conditions in the Midwest.
Storms to bolster seasonal snowfall totals in Midwest
In the wake of the storms from this week to this weekend, parts of the Midwest may have a foot of snow on the ground and erased their snowfall deficit for the season.
As of Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, Chicago had received 14.3 inches of snow, compared to an average of 22.3 inches for the date. The combined total for multiple storms from last Monday to this Sunday may approach 1 foot in some communities around the city.
Some cities, such as Detroit, have already received above-average winter snowfall. The Motor City has received 37.5 inches of snow as of Feb. 7, compared to an average of 25.8 inches for the date.
Areas from Philadelphia to New York City and Boston were already above average for snowfall this season, prior to the storm on Wednesday.
Even though the weather pattern favors milder storms in the coastal Northeast overall for the rest of February, cold air may fight back during March.