A coating of snow can lead to a disaster in North Carolina away from the mountains. That and a freeze-up could be in store for some locations this weekend.
The same storm on target to spread enough snow to shovel and plow from North Dakota to parts of Illinois and Indiana Friday into Saturday is scheduled to make its next stop over the Virginias, northeastern Tennessee and part of North Carolina.
Some of the snow is likely to fall at night, when it is most prone to stick to some roads and sidewalks.
Even in areas that receive melting snow or just rain Saturday afternoon and evening, a temperature drop that follows soon thereafter could turn untreated wet areas to ice.
People heading out and about Saturday night and or off to services Sunday morning should take extra care due to potential for accumulating snow and icy travel.
As the storm pushes east of the Appalachians, it is likely to be mixed with or fall entirely as rain, including in Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh. However, motorists in these areas should be on the lookout for icy spots late Saturday night into Sunday morning due to near-freezing temperatures.
A shift in the storm track by 50 to 100 miles could mean the difference between snow versus no snow, or snow versus rain.
It is the magnitude of the cold air coming into the Northeast that is driving the storm so far south and preventing it from turning northward upon reaching the Atlantic Coast.
Interestingly, some computer models have been toying with the idea of a nor'easter long about December 12. Keep checking in at AccuWeather.com for updates as to whether that storm is a "go" or a "fizzler."
Conditions will deteriorate across Hawaii this weekend as Darby delivers locally heavy rain and rough surf. But the tropical storm will provide long-term benefits.
The midwestern United States will be in the crosshairs of potent thunderstorms into Saturday night.
Much of the eastern United States will continue to swelter with above-average temperatures into the end of the month.
Stifling heat has been baking the central United States but will finally ease across northern areas this weekend.
Lightning killed a teenager on Friday, the second teen lightning death in three days. With thunderstorms continuing to rattle several parts of the nation, more lives will be at risk.
The more than 100,000 people expected to attend the annual Glorious Goodwood festival next week will want to keep a brolly handy.
Hurricane Delores, west of Baja California, causes high surf along the Southern California coast.
Minneapolis, MN (1987)
10 inches of rain fell in 6.5 hours.
Montpelier, ID (1990)
75 mph winds gust; tree damage.