This will be the first state-wide significant rain and snow event of the season.
Much colder air is drilling down the Plains, eventually heading into the South and East this weekend. It will warm up behind it next week ahead of the next cold front, one that could have Vance's moisture from the eastern Pacific tied to it in time.
Snow and cold to rule through the weekend as a touch of winter occurs.
The wind has increased over the western Great Lakes. This pressure analysis shows tightly packed isobars from Lake Michigan westward and much looser spacing of those lines of equal pressure farther east. You can also see the circulation that is developing around the Carolina coastal low pressure area.
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This will be the first significant statewide rain and snow event of the season.
Snow showers and cold through the Weekend..Warms up next week.
A digging upper-level trough will deliver much colder air to the eastern half of the country this weekend, with snow falling in the Appalachians later tomorrow night and Saturday.
Note how far south snow is being predicted, but how no accumulation is indicated for the cities from DC to Boston. This apparently happens because the cold air rushes south, but by the time it reaches the East Coast, the storm developing over the ocean is too far east to cause any snow in the major cities.