A prolonged rain-free pattern is setting in.
When we look more closely, we see a variety of disturbances embedded in the main current, each capable of temporarily increasing or cutting off the chance of snow. This map shows the setup:
Upper-level low will brign scattered areas of snow through Wednesday. By the weekend, it's extremely cold.
The rest of the week will be cold and this weekend is looking very cold as arctic air moves in. With so much cold air available, there will be snow to talk about, too. West of the Mississippi, warmth will hold on in many areas.
Snowy birds in Franklin Park, New Jersey, by "bird11" Feb. 5, 2016. Upload to http://photo.accuweather.com to qualify!
Snow will hit many areas the next two days but extremely cold weather will follow the snow.
Storm snowfall forecast map for Monday/Tuesday and comments.