A storm coming through Texas tomorrow will head for the Carolina coast Saturday morning, spreading rain and some snow into the mid-Atlantic states and parts of New England Friday night and Saturday.
The northern branch of the jet stream will dominate for the next week, meaning no big storms and very little arctic air. Changes toward a colder pattern are in the wings for next week.
Much of the country will have a mild weekend, enough to call it a January Thaw. As we go through next week, though, the mild air will gradually get replaced by more and more arctic air over time.
The weather pattern pattern will remain relatively quiet through the weekend, though the Northwest will be wet, and the Sunday will end stormy in the Northeast. A bigger storm is lurking for later next week.
Long-range computer models are hinting at a strong storm later next week, one that could spread snow from the southern Plains to the Northeast. Some models, however, have essentially no storm.
While not as cold as last week, this week remains fairly cold from the northern Plains and Midwest to the Northeast, with a couple of additional arctic pushes coming in the next week.
We are close to the coldest period on average across the country, and despite the presence of arctic air, there will be surprisingly little winter weather or big storms in the week ahead.
Bitter arctic air covers the eastern half of the country, and it will stay very cold into the weekend. Despite the cold, it's not a stormy weather pattern, and there won't be a lot of snow and ice.
The coldest air mass of the season to date is moving through the northern Plains and Midwest, heading to the South and East tonight and tomorrow. While it will quickly moderate, temperatures are unlikely to surpass normal through the weekend.
A weak storm darting off the mid-Atlantic coast this afternoon will pull the coldest air so far this season through the Midwest and Great Lakes into the Northeast.