Snowy, cold weekend for the Northeast and Midwest
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 1:57 - A big trough digging in the east will continue to allow cold Arctic air to flood down across the Northeast through the weekend and into the first week of spring.
Temperatures will range from the mid-30s to mid-40s east of the Great Lakes through the weekend with forecasters watching a couple systems that will bring snow to the region.
While the snow will be enough to coat some roads, snowfall totals will not be anywhere near those from the recent nor’easter.
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"Another cold front is forecast to track towards the East Coast by this weekend, but it won't be nearly as strong as the last front," reassures the National Weather Service (NWS) in a statement.
Cold air will filter in behind that system – bringing the possibility of some scattered flurries on Saturday.
The system pushed into Pennsylvania and Western New York Friday night, bringing light snow to the region.
“While there is a chance for some brief mixing/rain Saturday afternoon– models keep most of the precipitation falling as snow,” adds Whittal.
As the low restrengthens off the east coast, New England can expect strong northeast winds and snow Sunday into Monday and we need to watch the track closely. Wind gusts will range 30 to 50 mph along the New England coast.
There is still some uncertainty as to where the rain-snow line will set up and how close the system will track to shore, but snowfall totals are generally between 1 to 4 inches from the Midwest to Northern New England through the end of the weekend.
Meanwhile, a band of showers is likely along and ahead of this front from the southern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic region. There will be general thunderstorms according the Storm Prediction Center.
With files from Jaclyn Whittal, Dalia Ibrahim, and Daksha Rangan.