Snow aims for Chicago, Detroit, Northeast
Feb 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM
AccuWeather.com reports a storm quickly following on the heels of the weekend's New England snowstorm is set to return snow to the Great Lakes and Northeast today through Tuesday.
The upcoming storm for these two regions will pale in comparison to the Blizzard of 2013 and the weekend's New England snowstorm, but will still be a nuisance for travelers and residents.
After pushing through the far northern Plains and northern Ontario tonight, the heaviest snow will head into central Ontario on Monday-remaining north of U.S., soil.
However, a bit of snow and freezing drizzle will spread through the Upper Midwest on Monday as a band of rain and thunderstorms develop in the milder air from around Lake Michigan to the western Gulf Coast.
The rain will press eastward toward the East Coast through Tuesday, passing through Chicago Monday afternoon and evening and Detroit Monday night and opening the door for a blast of noticeably colder air and blustery winds to follow.
The colder air will arrive fast enough to cause the rain to end as wet snow in these two cities and many other communities across most of the Great Lakes-areas around Lake Superior will be the exception as the storm will remain an all-snow event.
Little, if any, of the snow will accumulate in Chicago, but the cold winds will ignite a new round of lake-effect snow that will renew the danger of slippery roads across most of lower Michigan, including Detroit, for Tuesday.
Across the Northeast, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are actually concerned for snow to create slick travel as the rain arrives, not departs.
Enough stubborn cold air will be in place for the rain to fall as snow, either at its onset or throughout the entirety of the storm Monday night through Tuesday. That would occur inland from the I-95 corridor from Boston to New York City to Washington, D.C., where only plain rain is expected.
The snow could accumulate a quick 1 to 3 inches in Burlington, Vt., Syracuse and Binghamton, N.Y., and Williamsport and State College, Pa., potentially slowing down motorists and causing flight delays.
As this storm heads into Atlantic Canada Tuesday night, attention will turn toward a major winter storm set to take shape over the Plains at midweek.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was written by Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com.