Snow Heading for Part of South, Mid-Atlantic

December 3, 2010; 2:22 AM ET
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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.

While the storm will be weakening upon entering and passing east of the southern Appalachians, it can still deliver a couple of inches of snow to Bristol, Tenn., Roanoke, Va. and Charleston, W.V.

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.

The storm and its snow are forecast to essentially dive to the south of Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.

However, it will be close call for snow in Charlottesville and Richmond, Va.

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.

As a result, areas from Washington, D.C. to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston will likely miss out on snow with this event.

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."

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