Cold Air and Snow Forecast to Impact the Deep South, Great Lakes and Northeast
It may not officially be winter, but if you have friends that live east of the Mississippi River, your social media feeds are probably full of people longing for the sunny, warm days of summer.
Why? Well, a cold blast is plunging out of Canada is bringing unseasonably cold temperatures, blustery winds and even the chance for accumulating snowfall.
Cold air, ample moisture and sufficient lift will allow snow to fall in parts of the Great Lakes, the southern Appalachian Mountains and parts of New England as well.
Below is a comprehensive timeline of when to expect the snow to start:
Starting early Friday morning, snow was falling in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Photos out of region show accumulations ranging from a dusting to more than three inches of snow. Thus far, the highest accumulation we could find was recorded at 6.5 inches — taken near Presque Lake, Wisc. Numerous instances of 1 to 3 inches of snow have been reported in northern sections of Michigan and Wisconsin.
Snow was also reported in the Chicagoland area, but accumulations appear to be minimal.
A rain-snow mix will push across Michigan through the afternoon. Some of that mixed precipitation could impact Detroit around rush hour, keep that in mind during your afternoon commute.
Lingering rain showers in Ohio and Indiana could switch to snow as temperatures cool after sunset — little to no accumulation is expected.
Light lake-effect snow sowers are possible across the U.P. of Michigan, through late Friday night; additional accumulations will be relatively negligible.
As the cold air continues to plunge south, rain the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will transition to snow. The threat of heavy snow has caused the National Weather Service to issue winter storm warnings along much of the North Carolina-Tennessee border, those warnings also extend into far southwestern Virginia. Forecasts are calling for 4 to 6 inches of snow to fall in the warning areas. And as much as 10 inches could blanket the ground, above 4,000 feet. Travel will be treacherous in this region Friday night into Saturday and driving is strongly discouraged in places like Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Boone, N.C.
Light snow will be on-going across parts of the Deep South early Saturday morning. As mentioned above, as much as 10 inches could fall in some parts of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Most of the snow will be out the region by mid-morning, as the upper-level low pulls up the East Coast.
There could be a few flakes of snow in parts of West Virginia, Ohio, western New York and western Pennsylvania, but major disruption to travel isn’t expected.
Saturday night into early Sunday, accumulating snow could fall in northern Maine. Forecast models are calling for 2 to 4 inches of snow, but locally heavy amounts of 6 inches aren’t totally out of the question.
The National Weather Service in Caribou, Maine is also warning the combination of heavy and gusty winds could lead to power outages.
WeatherNation meteorologists will be keeping an eye on the situation and will bring you updates throughout the weekend.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond