Tuesday 9:45 a.m.
A southwesterly flow of warm, moist air ahead of a cold front is contributing to a band of rain and thunderstorms that stretches from the Ohio Valley into parts of the Middle and North Atlantic states. We expect some showers and thunderstorms to cross the I95 corridor from D.C. to Boston later today and this evening.
The cold front should slip south then stall from Virginia or Maryland to Kentucky tomorrow. With the front likely to make only limited progress, some additional showers may occur tomorrow from D.C. to New York City and on west. Most of New England should turn sunny.
In general, computer models suggest a low pressure area forms along the front in the Middle Atlantic states on Friday then slowly moves up along the coast this weekend. If that happens, it will be a damp weekend in the I95 corridor of the Northeast.
In contrast, most of the Great Lakes region looks like it will bask in sunshine with afternoon temperatures in Detroit and Chicago close to 70 and nights cooling to the 40s and 50s. The video has more.
In the longer range, the re-curving of the latest western Pacific typhoon may signal an upper air trough (and cool weather) in the Northeast in a week to 10 days.
Late September is not generally known for widespread thunderstorms, but this map shows near 50,000 lightning strokes in the period from 8 EDT last night until just after 8:30 EDT this morning.
In Boston and New York City, the cold may feel most harsh late tomorrow and tomorrow evening. The temperatures will not have hit bottom by then, but gusty winds will sharpen the chill.
One concern: the chance of cold frontal snow squalls that could move all the way to the East Coast tomorrow night. Sudden snow squalls have been implicated in chain reaction collisions that turn deadly and damaging.
These two maps show the change from the very, very cold flow likely this Saturday to the much milder Pacific-origin westerly flow later next week.
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:
This map shows the circulation around the offshore storm and a larger but less intense storm moving into the Great Lakes. With this sprawling storm likely to be in the region for several days, the weather can vary widely.
...speculation about a snowstorm Monday or Tuesday, and one is still possible. However, timing and placement remain elusive. This map shows the GFS ensemble mean "solution" for Tuesday morning showing snow just off the New England coast. Watch this story evolve on accuweather.com all weekend.