In the wake of the feature bringing snow through the mid-Atlantic and southern New England today, there will be a nice little period of cold and quiet weather for most of the country until the next storm begins to take shape over the southern Plains and Mississippi Valley late Friday into Friday night.
Winter doesn't officially begin until Dec. 21, but there's plenty of evidence of winter already fully in force around the country. The rest of fall will largely be cold in much of the nation before it tries to moderate later next week.
One fast-moving storm will dump snow, ice and rain over a wide area from Arkansas to southern New England this afternoon and tonight. Another will follow for later in the weekend.
Two separate features will zip across the eastern half of the country by the start of the weekend, generating rain, thunderstorms, ice and snow before it quickly dries out to start the weekend.
Three storms over the next week will dump snow and ice over a large portion of the country, and with frigid arctic air firmly in place around the country, it would appear winter is here to stay.
A bitterly cold air mass is burrowing into the Northwest and northern Rockies today. It will continue to press south and east the rest of the week, only to be slowed trying to reach the East Coast.
Christmas is fast approaching, and the prospect of it being a white Christmas, defined as having an inch of snow on the ground Christmas Day, are growing by the day.
The weather will be quiet in most of the nation on this Thanksgiving Day holiday, a tranquility that will last most of the weekend.
Behind the storm heading up through the East, the atmosphere will quickly quiet down for Thanksgiving, though it will be cold. Most of the nation will enjoy inactive weather most of the four-day weekend.
A powerful storm crossing the Southeast this afternoon will spread flooding rains into the East, with snow on the western flank of the storm. It will be followed by harsh winds and very cold weather heading into the Thanksgiving weekend.