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Potential Major Winter Storm for East Coast Cities This Weekend

2 months ago
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A new weather pattern for much of the United States comes with a new year. After a warm December across the country, January will usher in colder temperatures and more weather, especially across the eastern U.S. A potential winter storm could affect areas from the mid-Atlantic and Northeast into New England this weekend from Saturday to Monday.

While it's too early to pinpoint specific snowfall totals, locations including Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York City should pay close attention to the forecast throughout the week.

The mid-Atlantic and Northeast have seen a quiet period for winter storms over the past couple of years. However, this weekend has the potential to break that lull. A storm system is expected to come together and track near or just off the East Coast.

The exact track will determine what areas see mostly snow versus a mix of snow, rain and sleet. Regardless, travel could become difficult across major metro areas like Interstate 95 from Washington DC up to Boston.

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With the storm still several days away, there are uncertainties regarding the exact timing, track and precipitation types. Forecast models will come into better agreement as the event draws closer. Residents along the eastern seaboard should continue checking for weekly updates. Weather conditions can change rapidly, so have a plan if snow or ice impacts you.

Even though specific details remain fuzzy, confidence is increasing for a widespread winter storm somewhere in the eastern U.S. The pattern looks more favorable for snow in the interior Northeast, while the major I-95 cities may deal with more of a mixed bag.

Temperatures will play a pivotal role in determining how much-frozen precipitation can accumulate. Colder air increases the chances of an all-snow event.

Be prepared for rapidly changing road conditions if you plan to travel anywhere from the Appalachians to the coast this weekend. Keep an eye on the forecasts from local meteorologists, who will provide the most up-to-date information as the storm's path becomes clearer.

Ensure your vehicle is ready for potentially slick conditions with emergency supplies available. Have a backup plan in case roads become impassable.

The active weather pattern looks to continue into next week across the country's eastern half. Additional storms with wintry impacts can be expected as we get deeper into January. La Nina conditions in the equatorial Pacific often correspond with cooler, stormier weather across the Northern U.S. during winter.


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