Rain, snow and sleet to spread from Great Lakes to Northeast
Friday, March 24, 2017, 1:41 - The first week of Spring is bringing the return of mid-winter weather conditions to parts of the Great Lakes and Northeast, with a risk of wintry weather for northernmost regions through the weekend. Below is a breakdown of what to expect.
Snow, sleet and freezing rain will be possible from the Upper Great Lakes to the Northeast Friday through Sunday.
The primary threat for light freezing rain accumulations is centered over northern Wisconsin/northern Michigan, and then the higher elevations of Northeast Pennsylvania to the Catskills of New York on Friday, continuing in the Catskills/Heldebergs of New York and southern Green Mountains/Adirondacks Saturday, according to The National Weather Service.
Moisture will eventually expand into portions of the Berkshires and southern Green Mountains of Vermont Saturday night into Sunday morning as high pressure in Quebec and then Maine reinforces cold air in the region.
All-in-all, up to a quarter inch of icing will be possible in hardest hit places, according to the National Weather Service.
Below is a look at the total ice accumulation forecast through Sunday (NWS):
Click play to watch below: Storm track
For lower elevations, precipitation will fall as rain with up to two inches possible across the Lower Great Lakes through to the Mid-Atlantic region.
Below: Precipitation forecast through Monday
Snowfall to start
Precipitation may initially fall as snow snow in northeast New York to northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
Anywhere between 3 and 5 inches of snow will be possible in the northern Green and White Mountains Friday into Saturday.
Another swath of light snow will spread across northern New England Sunday into Monday (see storm track animation video above).
Below is the snowfall forecast through the weekend - not including additional snowfall Sunday night into Monday for northern New England (NWS):
Motorists are advised to use extra caution on the roads and to leave extra time for the Monday morning commute across the Northeast.
- Freezing rain/sleet for northern portions of Lower Michigan, northern New York, and much of New England, Sun-Mon, Mar 26-27.
- Periods of locally heavy rain for parts of the southern Plains, Wed-Thu, Mar 29-30.
- Periods of locally heavy rain for the I-95 corridor from near the Nation's Capital northeastward to southern New Hampshire, Sun-Mon, Mar 26-27.
Temperatures will somewhat rebound from the below-average levels experienced midweek across the Midwest and parts of the Northeast. Daytime highs Saturday will range from the mid 50s near the Pennsylvania border to the upper 30s near the Thousand Islands, says the National Weather Service office in Buffalo. On Sunday, the same areas will range from the mid and upper 40s to the mid 30s respectively as shallow cold air will ooze southwards across Lake Ontario.