Watching for a Major Eastern Snowstorm Next Week

January 21, 2011; 7:09 AM ET
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The possibility of a major snowstorm hitting parts of the Midwest, South and Northeast next week exists, but the track and strength of the storm is not set in stone.

Like other storms we have seen so far this winter, snow will first fall over part of the Rockies and Plains this weekend. A zone of plowable snow is likely to roll out onto some of the same areas hit by heavy snow with this past Wednesday-Thursday's storm, including Kansas City and St. Louis.

Again, like we have seen on other occasions this winter, a more southern storm will try to take over. Depending on how successful this is will determine how much snow falls in the Midwest and over the interior South Sunday into Monday.

As the storm rolls to the Atlantic Coast Monday night and Tuesday, it will encounter, for the first time, a frigid high pressure system over New England.

The storm could successfully attack the high spreading heavy snow and potentially blizzard conditions northward into the Northeast. Another possibility is that a moderate to heavy snowfall/wintry mix escape through parts of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas and then heads out to sea because the dry, cold air is deeply entrenched.

These questions for the Midwest, South and East will be answered as the weekend progresses as the storm is still days away.

Up through the weekend you are likely to hear or see a wide range in possibilities with the storm track and accumulations. AccuWeather.com will not issue its snowfall map on the storm until it is about 48 hours away from a particular geographic area.

It is certainly a storm to watch, as either way it goes will cause problems for millions of people. Certainly contemplating backup plans for travel and alternatives to activities may be in order at this time from the central Plains to the interior South.

Be sure to keep checking back at AccuWeather.com for our official forecast, as well as expert blogger information on the storms affecting the nation in the coming weeks.

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