Published On: Fri, Apr 6th, 2018

Old Man Winter may dish out snowstorm this weekend

AccuWeather Global Weather Center — April 5, 2018  — AccuWeather reports  lingering Arctic air will set the stage for additional snowfall in the northeastern United States over the next five days, including the potential for a few inches of snow during the first full weekend of April.
 
Don’t put away the shovel and the snowbrush just yet as Old Man Winter will keep dishing it out into early next week. More travel disruptions and frustrations for baseball and other spring outdoor activities are on the way.
 
While thunderstorms in the region over the past day or so were a reminder that lasting spring weather is just around the corner, some locations will be affected by three snow events into next Tuesday.
 
Snow from the first storm will mainly streak from the Great Lakes to upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and New England from Thursday night to Friday.
Snow from the first storm will mainly streak from the Great Lakes to upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and New England from Thursday night to Friday.
Snowfall with this storm will generally average 1-3 inches with locally higher amounts over the upper Great Lakes, northeastern New York state and northern New England.
 
The most significant storm of the trio and the one most likely to cause major disruptions to travel and outdoor activities for parts of the Midwest and Northeast is anticipated to span Friday to Saturday.
 
Snow for the main wintry storm will spread from the northern Rockies to the central Plains to end this week.
Snow for the main wintry storm will spread from the northern Rockies to the central Plains to end this week.
Locally heavy snow is likely to fall on part of the lower Ohio Valley on Friday evening then spread to the upper part of the Ohio Valley Friday night.
Locally heavy snow is likely to fall on part of the lower Ohio Valley on Friday evening then spread to the upper part of the Ohio Valley Friday night.
By Saturday, a swath of heavy snow is likely to spread from the mountains of West Virginia, western Maryland and northwestern Virginia in the morning to the upper mid-Atlantic coast.
By Saturday, a swath of heavy snow is likely to spread from the mountains of West Virginia, western Maryland and northwestern Virginia in the morning to the upper mid-Atlantic coast.
How much snow accumulates on roads will depend on the time of day and the rate of snowfall.
 
Where it snows at night to the first few hours of the morning, roads are likely to be slushy and perhaps snow-covered, even in urban areas. It is possible these conditions extend to the Washington, D.C., area and perhaps to part of southern New Jersey.
 
Snow may struggle to accumulate during the midday and afternoon hours, unless it snows very hard.
Snow may struggle to accumulate during the midday and afternoon hours, unless it snows very hard.
A shift in the storm track by as little as 50 miles could bring the swath of accumulating snow farther north or south.
 
If the storm makes a northward jog, then accumulating snow may spread northward over southern and eastern New England Saturday night into Sunday morning. If not, it may not even snow in Boston and snow may not accumulate around New York City.
 
The latest indications are suggesting that dry and cold air may invade from the north at a swift pace. This scenario would substantially limit the duration and intensity of the snow from parts of Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey, southeastern New York state and southern New England.
 
Airline delays and flight cancellations related to deicing operations and poor visibility are likely at the major hubs from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and perhaps New York City as well as at airports for connecting flights.
 
Perhaps the last hurrah for the winter of 2017-18 will be with a storm slated to affect the Midwest on Monday and the Northeast during Monday night and Tuesday.
 
With somewhat less cold air at that third storm’s disposal, accumulating snow may be limited to the Great Lakes, central Appalachians and part of New England.
 
Additional storms later next week are likely to bring rain instead of snow to most areas. However, the frequency of these storms may not allow the ground to dry out in between.
 

Source & Image Credits: Alex Sosnowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com

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