The storm that clobbered areas from New Mexico to Kansas with a blizzard will go easy on Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
As we suggested last week, the storm has peaked over the southern Plains and not the Midwest. This, combined with the lack of fresh cold air, will have a big negative factor against substantial snow on the southern Great Lakes area.
A narrowing band of accumulating snow will continue to point in the general direction of Chicago, but the decent snow area will pencil out amidst the warm air and lack of atmospheric dynamics.
Instead, a relative light mix of snow, sleet and rain, wet and melting snow or even plain rain will fall over much of the Ohio Valley states and the southern Great Lakes area with this storm Tuesday into Wednesday.
Travel along the I-64, I-70 and I-80/90 corridors will be wet over 99 percent of the area. Only areas west of Chicago on I-80 and near Kansas City on I-70 are likely to have any slush and slippery driving.
North of this area, not enough precipitation will fall to have substantial impact on travel.
Meteorologist Bill Deger is concerned that some of the thunderstorms that occur in the South today into this evening can be locally severe.
Chance of a White Christmas Not Zero
Interestingly this same swath is still in the running for some last ditch effort for a white Christmas.
Part of the same storm system that may bring the potential for substantial snow over the interior Northeast Christmas weekend could bring a light coating of snow Christmas Eve day in the Chicago/Milwaukee to Detroit/Cleveland swath.
Any snow would come from an upper-level disturbance associated with the storm on the East Coast.
A powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck near the Peru-Brazil border region shortly before 6 p.m. local time Tuesday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The temblor was initially recorded as a 6.9.
While Atlanta has received above-average rainfall so far this month, dry and calm conditions are forecast for the Atlanta area this week.
Compared to Thanksgiving Day in 2014, this Thanksgiving will be substantially warmer in the Northeast.
Tropical Storm Sandra, located hundreds of miles southwest of Mexico, is becoming better organized and will likely track northward through the rest of the week.
A storm system will dive southward along the West Coast on Tuesday before tracking eastward across the Rockies into Thanksgiving Day.
An expanding area of snow, rain, wind and cold will hamper Thanksgiving travel in the West, while most areas east of the Rockies can expect no major weather-related problems during the early to middle part of this week.
Ohio, PA, WV, NY (1950)
Record Snowstorm (24th-25th) Location Amount Youngstown, OH 28.7 in. (single storm record) Steubenville, OH 36.3 in. (single storm state record) Pittsburgh, PA 27.7 in. (single storm record) Charleston, WV 25.6 in. (single storm record) Albany, NY 22.5 in.
Typhoon Irma, the worst in 10 years packed winds up to 139 mph and resulted in a storm surge of 16 feet. 236 people killed; 600,000 were left homeless.
New York State (1989)
Heavy lake-effect snow caused a 60-car accident on I-81 north of Rome.