Friday AM Briefing: Changeable weather in the East, wintry threat next week?

Good morning, and Happy Friday! Finally. Cold and dry weather built back into the Northeast states on Thursday, and temperatures dropped near or below normal in many locations thanks to a transitional trough moving through Southeastern Canada. Such has been the nature of this pattern over the past week or two – relatively fast moving, without any slow or cutoff storm systems. As we look ahead to the weekend, things are likely to warm up across the Northeast States.

A ridge rolling eastward from the Central Plains, which is bringing above normal temperatures to a large majority of the Central United States today, will move towards the Eastern United States this weekend. While surface temperatures won’t exactly be torching, temperatures will rise well above seasonal averages over a large area. A frontal system will then bring the opportunity for rain on Sunday across the Tennessee Valley, Mid Atlantic and Northeast.

Attention then turns to a potential wintry event early next week, and while the pattern remains progressive in nature, some potential does exist for the storm to amplify further and scrape the Northeast US coast with impacts. We discuss this and more in our latest briefing video this morning. Here are the highlights:

  • Changeable weather continues with a bit of a roller coaster in temperatures across the East the next few days
  • Warm weather is anticipated in the East this weekend with temperatures well above seasonal averages
  • After unsettled weather on Sunday, a storm system may develop along a frontal zone, with the potential for light wintry weather across the Eastern USA on Monday and Tuesday. The details remain uncertain.
  • The weather pattern undergoes major changes in the medium range, with extremely cold air filtering south into the Northern Great Plains as soon as the middle and end of next week.