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."
Following a dip in temperature during the middle of the week, summerlike warmth will rebound across much of the Northeast by this weekend.
Daily episodes of severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours will impact the Plains this week, possibly lingering into the weekend.
The central and southern Plains will continue to be pummeled by strong storms for the next several days, but the most potent severe weather threat is likely to be during the Mother's Day weekend.
Wind, seas and surf will build in advance of what is likely to become the first tropical system of 2015 along the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States late this week.
Summer will lack any long-lasting heat waves across northwestern Europe, while parts of southern and eastern Europe will feel the heat.
A storm will bring a wide range of weather to the West into this weekend as it drops across California and turns eastward toward the Rockies and High Plains.
Louisville, KY (1989)
Coldest Kentucky Derby ever. The race was run in 42-46 degree temperatures. Wet snowflakes were seen nearby.
Green Bay, WI (1998)
A strong dust devil caused $2,300 damage to a couple of green houses.
Lingle, WI (2000)
4.5" diameter hail - there was also a tornado in the area.