As AccuWeather.com meteorologists keep tabs on a potential storm for next week, it will trend colder and windier into the weekend.
Sandy has helped to make a big buckle in steering-level winds in its wake. While the winds will bring progressively drier air into the region, the cold flow from Canada will pick up.
As the sky becomes less cloudy over the weekend, the clearing trend will bring lower temperatures at night. AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will frequently dip into the 20s and will even reach the teens over the mountains for a time, especially where it snowed recently.
The wind will pick up to end the week.
While winds will not be strong enough to cause new damage or outages, they can hinder restoration of power at times.
Winds will line up at the surface and aloft, allowing gusts in the neighborhood of 40 mph in open areas Friday and Saturday. Winds will be from the west and northwest.
Winds will be stronger at lift level for those repairing electrical lines and at some of the ski resorts trying to get open this weekend.
Folks should use caution when venturing under trees. Some limbs weakened by Sandy could come down without notice.
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra has rapidly weakened to a tropical storm but will continue to bring heavy rainfall into western Mexico on Saturday.
Heavy thunderstorms will continue to shift northward across central South America with the greatest threat for flooding focusing on northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay into Saturday morning.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.
New England (1921)
Heavy ice storm in New England with a buildup of over 3 inches. Power lines downed, trees destroyed. Damage totalled $10 million damage.
Lake Superior (1960)
A severe lake storm along the north shore of Lake Superior: waves 20-40 feet high, wind gust to 73 mph. Floods and waves caused structural damage.
Goodland, KS (1983)
19 inches of snow on the ground with drifts of up to 8 feet.