It has been a while since snow fell on the I-95 zone, but a storm at midweek has a chance at delivering just that.
A storm responsible for wind, cold and snow in New Mexico over the past few days will swing toward the East Coast during the middle of the week. This storm follows the one that delivered heavy rain to parts of the Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio valleys.
While the bulk of the storm will be a rain or no scenario for the Northeast, there is a narrow, questionable swath from the mountains of the Virginias, northeastward to southeastern New England that could get a rain changing to snow situation Wednesday night.
The possible swath of snow includes northern Virginia, central Maryland, southeastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware, central and northern New Jersey and southeastern New York state.
Major metro areas, all or in part, that could get some of the white stuff include Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, Providence and Boston.
There are some subtle indications Tuesday morning that snow chances are increasing over areas north and west of Megalopolis.
Since the snow would be falling at night, it will have a decent shot at accumulating on some paved surfaces, even if it is rather short-lived.
The storm will be rather fast-moving and is not likely to put down many inches of snow, where the snow does fall. In fact, it could be that while rain changes to snow in this zone, it will bring little or no accumulation.
Meteorologist Bill Deger has more information on the weather pattern in the East for this week.
This would be more of a nuisance type of storm, but certainly one that has the potential to cause travel delays for the Thursday morning commute in the I-95 zone of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England.
All it takes is a bit of slush and some slippery conditions on bridges and overpasses to make for roadway dangers. Low visibility from snow and de-icing can hold up flights at area airports.
As we told you last week above-normal temperatures in December are and will feel much colder than above-normal temperatures in November.
Stay with AccuWeather.com for the latest on the threat for snow. A "first call" snow map will likely be posted sometime Tuesday.
This story was first published Mon. Dec. 5, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. EST.
Dry and sunny conditions will continue in San Francisco for the the official start to winter and the Christmas holiday.
Sunshine will return in full force for the weekend, the official start to winter, and Christmas in Los Angeles.
Big changes are on the way for parts of the Western and Central states late this week and into this weekend.
Similar to the days prior to Thanksgiving, the worst weather will focus on the days prior to Christmas as millions of travelers take to the roads and skies in the U.S. and southern Canada.
Warm air is forecast to surge into much of the eastern half of the nation by the weekend and will be accompanied by heavy rain and flooding risk in some locations.
Thunderstorms in parts of the South this weekend may become strong enough to threaten lives and property.
Chicago, IL (1960)
12.5" snow, max. 24 hour December snow.
Central Illinois (1836)
Famous "Sudden Change" in central Illinois. Cold front at noon caused quick drop from 40 degrees to zero.
International Falls, MN (1989)
Low of -34 + high of -21. Wind chill between 60 + 70 below.