There are opportunities for snow this week and they include the Upper Midwest, northern New England and neighboring Canada.
Last week snow fell on parts of the northern Plains, Denver and Cheyenne and barely reached the highest elevations of the Northeast late this past weekend.
This week, cold air will continue to nose southward from the polar regions and will try to hook up with weak storm systems along the Canada/United States border in two separate events. The pattern will extend the chance of the first snowflakes of the season to some northern tier locations.
While temperatures will be marginal in both cases, a few degrees can make the difference between all rain and wet snow mixing in for a time.
As a disturbance and surface cold front swing across the Great Lakes, some wet snowflakes can make an appearance in portions of Wisconsin, upper and northern lower Michigan and central Ontario Wednesday. A second disturbance could bring another opportunity Wednesday night into Thursday evening. Cities that may get a little snow include Duluth, Minn. and Marquette, Mich., and Thunder Bay, Ont. A few snowflakes could reach as far south as Green Bay, Wis., and Traverse City, Mich.
The first of the two systems are then forecast to move on to northern upstate New York, Vermont, northern New Hampshire, northern and western Maine, and portions of Quebec Wednesday night. There is a chance of rain mixing with or changing to a little wet snow before ending. The second disturbance would swing through Thursday night with the chance of a rain/snow mix or a period of snow. Cities that have a chance at getting a little snow from one or both systems include Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City. Snowflakes could reach as far south as low elevation locations such as Massena, N.Y, Burlington, Vt., and Caribou Maine. A little snow is more likely over the mountains northern New England, southern Quebec and the peaks in the Adirondacks.
According to Expert Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, "In both cases in both areas, the second of the two disturbances may have a little more cold air established to work with. So the second system has a slightly greater chance at allowing snow to reach the ground in more places."
In the wake of the potential for a touch of snow for northern areas, the coldest air of the season so far will spread a killing frost and freeze farther east than any such air mass so far this autumn. The upcoming frost and freeze can reach the I-95 corridor of the Northeast.
Elsewhere, a little more snow was spreading southward over the foothills, eastern slopes of the Rockies and some of the High Plains in Alberta and eastern British Columbia Wednesday.
A storm rolling into California this week may, by this weekend, could bring heavy high country snow to portions of Colorado, northern New Mexico and Utah's Wasatch Mountains.
Ignacio has rapidly strengthened into a major hurricane as it tracks toward the Hawaiian Islands.
While Erika has weakened to a tropical rainstorm, downpours will still spread from Hispaniola and Cuba to Florida as August transitions to September.
As many as seven tropical cyclones were churning throughout the world this past week, while smoke from wildfires across the Pacific Northwest led to poor air quality across the region.
Heat will linger in Eastern Europe for much of the fall season; meanwhile, the British Isles and northwestern Europe can expect a stormy end to the season.
A stalled frontal boundary from southeast China through Taiwan and Japan will be the focal point for rounds of heavy rainfall into early next week.
New England (1816)
"Year in which there was no summer", otherwise known to weather historians as "1800 and frozen to death" killing frost once again damages sparse corn corp in northern New England...loss of this and other crops led to severe famine in much of New England that winter...and helped spur western migration in spring of 1817.
New England (1965)
A total of 2.5 inches of snow on top of Mt. Washington set an August record. Vermont had a reading of only 25 degrees, while Nantucket had a chilly 39 degrees. Earliest freeze on record at many stations.
Houston, TX (1980)
2.23 inches of rain fell in less than 1 hour. Streets were flooded in the downtown district and a tornado touched down briefly west of Houston at Sealy, TX.