My excitement level for the next two weeks has gone up now that the storms are finally showing up on the models. The pattern is one where the cold air will be available for storms, and if all works out, snow will be as far south as I-70 prior to Christmas. The map below shows the area that I believe we will see snow cover. It's based on a compromise between the GFS and ECMWF storm tracks and snow potential.
As for storms, we have storms to watch this weekend which could bring snow across the northern Great Lakes and Northeast. The next storm will be around Dec. 19, and the third storm will be around Dec. 23.
What we have to watch in this pattern and the storms around Dec. 19 and 23 is the negative NAO and one of the storms hitting the coast and intensifying. Yes, the PNA is negative, but it only takes a last-ditch effort with the blocking to get the storm to slow down enough to intensify along the coast. I think the storm around Dec. 19 probably has the best chance of doing that. It would mean snow would fall all the way to the coast north of Virginia beach.
There's a lot on the table and the snow lovers should rejoice.
Snow today for areas of VA to NJ....Another storm this weekend could hit the Northeast hard.
Another snow event is on the way. The weekend storm looks like a big one for snow.
A widespread snow and ice event today into Monday. More on the way later this week.
Heavy snow and even thundersnow coming Northeast tonight. More ice and snow Sunday.
Damaging ice storm on the way for the lower Mississippi Valley. Another storm will bring more snow and ice problems this weekend.