Story has been updated 12/6/2010 2:00 pm....
A storm that will take shape by the middle of December will cross the country and could end up developing into a major snowstorm for portions of the mid-Atlantic and New England.
There are different storm track scenarios at this point that mean the difference between mostly rain or a potential blizzard along the Interstate 95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston.
So far, Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi has been correct with the Winter Forecast for the Northeast with his prediction that late November to December would be cold and stormy for many.
According to Bastardi, "Repetitive cold waves and the threats of storms will keep hitting parts of the East in the weeks leading up to Christmas."
"One or two of these storms has the potential to become a major snowstorm for portions of the mid-Atlantic and New England, including the storm that may hit the East from December 12-14."
Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity has also been warning about how the cold pattern in the East could soon yield the season's first major snowstorm.
Scenario One: Major Snowstorm for Interior Northeast
The storm would then cut across the interior Northeast in the first scenario. Mild air would be drawn into the I-95 corridor, making it a rainstorm for the big Northeast cities.
Scenario Two: Major Snowstorm for Interstate 95 Corridor
"If the storm brushes up the Eastern Seaboard, several inches of snow could lead to major travel disruptions in the big cities from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia and New York City to Boston," according to AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Carl Erickson.
On top of heavy snowfall, blustery winds would add to this winter storm scenario by causing blowing snow and potential whiteout conditions at times.
Lake-effect snow to the lee of the Great Lakes would be likely to accompany this scenario as well with an arctic blast of air blowing across the relatively mild water of the Great Lakes.
Erickson points out that there is one other possibility with this storm, stating "One other scenario is that the storm takes shape too far off the coast, which would promote a frigid, dry northwesterly flow of air into the Interstate 95 corridor. If this were to occur, there would be potential for even more heavy lake-effect snow downwind of the Great Lakes."
The Memorial Day weekend will begin cool, windy and rainy in New England and part of the mid-Atlantic.
GOES-East failed again late Tuesday. It is one of the main satellites meteorologists use for the eastern part of the United States and the tropical Atlantic.
On the two-year anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that leveled Joplin, Mo., the town has deployed assistance to Moore, Okla.
The tornado tore through a path 17 miles long on Monday and had wind speeds as high as 200 mph.
Wednesday will be drier and less humid for recovery and clean up efforts.
The same storm system responsible for producing violent thunderstorms in Oklahoma recently will reach the Atlantic Seaboard later Thursday.
Atlantic City, NJ (1991)
Record high of 89 degrees after a record low of 38 degrees. Record lows were also set May 19,20, & 21st.
Liberal, KS (1933)
A powerful F4 tornado (winds 207-260 mph) hidden in a dust storm devastates the business district. 4 people were killed and 150 were injured. Tornado estimated to be 600 yards wide at times.
New Brunswick, NJ (1804)
Tornado destroyed 2 barns, 1 hotel and 3 houses. "The damage done in this village cannot be less than $1,500 or $2,000." New York Evening Post, June 5, 1904.