Next Winter System Will Bring Snow to Parts of Midwest, Northeast, But Won’t Be a Major Storm

Published in 20 February, 2021

At a Glance

  • A disturbance will move into the central U.S. this weekend spreading snow and rain.

  • Chances of snow will extend into the Northeast early next week.

  • This next system is not expected to be a major winter storm, like other recent systems.

An active winter weather pattern will continue into next week, but the good news is that the next system is not expected to be a major winter storm.

The next system will push into the central U.S. by Sunday. This low pressure system will track eastward across the Midwest into the Northeast early next week.

Unlike other recent systems, this next one isn’t expected to strengthen into a major winter storm and milder conditions will result in snow being confined to areas farther north, with rain to the south.

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Late Weekend, Early Week Forecast

Weekend Forecast

Snow showers will begin to develop in parts of the central U.S. Saturday night as this disturbance emerges in the Plains. The chance for light snow will stretch from portions of Wyoming and Colorado into parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, northern Kansas, northwestern Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota.

On Sunday, snow will expand into the Great Lakes region. Most areas will experience light snowfall, although pockets of moderate snow are possible. Locations farther south from central Missouri and southern Illinois into Arkansas, eastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas can expect rain showers from this next system.

Snow and rain will move eastward Sunday night, reaching into the interior Northeast and the central Appalachians while continuing in portions of the Midwest. Rain showers are likely for much of the Ohio Valley and South, but some snow may fall as far south as western North Carolina.

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Sunday’s Forecast

(The green shadings depict where rain is expected. Areas that are shaded blue are expected to see snow. Purple-shaded locations may see either rain or snow. Areas in pink are expected to see sleet or freezing rain (ice)

Monday

On Monday, snow is expected in much of the Northeast, although a mix of rain and snow is likely from southeastern Maine southward to Washington D.C. and northern and central Virginia.

Portions of the interior Northeast may see moderate snowfall at times Monday. Rain is expected from southeastern New England down the mid-Atlantic coast into the Southeast.

Snow may linger in parts of New England and New York on Monday night, with a mix of rain and snow toward the Northeast coast. Lake-effect or lake-enhanced snow may develop into Tuesday.

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Monday’s Forecast

(The green shadings depict where rain is expected. Areas that are shaded blue are expected to see snow. Purple-shaded locations may see either rain or snow. Areas in pink are expected to see sleet or freezing rain (ice).)

How Much Snow and Rain?

This system won’t be as strong as other recent storms and will move fairly quickly. This will keep snowfall totals generally on the light side.

Most areas from southern Minnesota, Iowa and far northern Missouri through the Great Lakes region into the interior Northeast will see snowfall totals of 1 to 5 inches.

Some higher snowfall amounts are possible in the eastern Great Lakes, especially in New York’s Tug Hill Plateau region.

Most locations from southeastern New England and Long Island to the mid-Atlantic coast are expected to see mainly light rain from this system.

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