A snowstorm spreading from the Dakotas to the Ohio Valley will precede a blast of arctic air with staying power.
While backwash from the big eastern U.S. rainstorm managed to cause the first snowfall of the season for part of the Midwest, a storm similar to an Alberta clipper will spread light to moderate snow from the northern Plains to the Ohio Valley this weekend.
Plunging temperatures in the wake of the storm will turn untreated wet and slushy areas to ice.
Several inches of snow will fall from part of North Dakota Friday to northern Illinois during Saturday.
This photo taken by AccuWeather.com Facebook fan Ron G. in Finland, on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, resembles what portions of the Midwest will look like this weekend. Much of northern and western Europe is being slammed by snow and cold this week.
While the storm will weaken upon traveling farther east and south, it may bring enough snow to coat roads and make for slippery travel into portions of Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.
The exact track of the storm will determine who gets the "lollipop" as far as snowfall is concerned. A jog farther north or south would shift the steady, moderate snow area.
No doubt some snow would survive the trip into the central Appalachians, and a mixture of rain and wet snow could even reach part of the mid-Atlantic coast by Sunday.
The overall weather pattern bears watching as progressively colder weather will continue to invade from the northern Plains to much of the East over the next couple of weeks.
People downwind of the Great Lakes will need their snow shovels even if they miss the weekend storm, as lake-effect snow aims to drop totals in feet on the traditional areas.
Potential Chicago Lake-Effect
So even though these areas may miss the "sweet spot" of the storm, shovels and plows may be busy anyway trying to clear 6 inches of the white stuff.
After a brief cool down late this week, temperatures in Atlanta should remain steady as clouds and rain approach for the weekend.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
Another storm in a seemingly endless parade threatens to bring severe weather, snow and flooding from Texas to Maine.
The luck of the Irish is needed for performers on Saint Patrick's Day, in order to combat the effects of possible wintry weather.
An ongoing severe drought has led to unhealthy air quality in Malaysia, but some rainfall is in the forecast.
Snow and wind causing dangerous travel and power outages has put some cities into the record books this winter.
Mid-Atlantic/ East Coast (1936)
Omaha, NE (1923)
16.4" of snow.
New England (1984)
Major snowstorm. A total of 37" near Rutland, VT; almost 2 feet at Portland, ME. 7" of sleet and snow at Hartford, CT. The storm killed 11 in the Midwest and East. Wind gusts to 101 mph at Somesville, ME.