The same setup that brought a snowstorm to part of Japan this week could show up in the eastern U.S. during the middle of next week.
While the budding warmth late this week in the eastern U.S. is tempting, don't put away the snow shovels or take the snow tires off the car just yet.
A dip in the jet stream, known as a trough, has been producing cold and snow in Japan in the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and aftershocks.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are well aware of a connection between a trough in Japan, and then a trough in the eastern U.S. 7 to 10 days later.
Snow covers an area hit by an earthquake-triggered tsunami in Minamisanriku town, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, Thursday, March 17, 2011. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Kenji Shimizu)
While these troughs almost always bring cold weather, sometimes they bring snow during the fall, winter and early spring, and severe weather later in the spring and summer.
Interestingly, some of the tools that we use, such as computer models, are showing one or more storms with snow swinging eastward from the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts spanning Tuesday to Thursday of next week.
While the details of timing and nature of the precipitation associated with the storms has yet to be determined, there is at least a possibility that one or more swaths of accumulating snow will stretch from part of the Midwest to the East Coast next week, including part of the South.
Regardless of the location and amount of snow, or number of snow showers, it is going to get much colder for a several-day period next week for most areas east of the Mississippi River.
The region around Sendai, Japan received several inches of snow spanning Tuesday night into Wednesday this week.
The snow and cold added further misery to desperate rescue attempts as the hope for finding survivors in the rumble across the region dwindled.
Tropical Storm Fred has formed off of the African Coast and will threaten the Cape Verde Islands early this week.
While Erika has weakened to a tropical rainstorm, Florida will still become the target of potentially flooding downpours this week.
A strong storm system moved into Washington on Saturday, delivering powerful winds that lead to widespread damage and power outages.
A push of summer heat and humidity will make its way into the Northeast this week.
While powerful Hurricane Ignacio is expected to pass north of Hawaii early this week, the island chain will not be able to escape all of the impacts.
The 2015 US Open Tennis championships begin Aug.31 and heat and humidity will return for to the Big Apple for the tournament's first week.
Raleigh, NC (1965)
46 degrees -- coldest ever in August.
Three inches of snow fell in parts of the state; record lows were set in 31 northeastern U.S. cities and towns.
West Virginia (1989)
Lightning sets numerous house and trailer fires. Firefighters could not keep up with all the fires that were burning.