Two rounds of snow will move through the Midwest and Northeast into Saturday with the second round threatening to be the most disruptive.
The first episode of snow is already under way from the western Great Lakes to Iowa this morning.
This snow will reach the eastern Great Lakes and central Appalachians tonight, then the corridor from Washington, D.C., to Providence on Friday.
Snow totals within this zone will be relatively light, amounting to a coating to an inch. However, slippery roadways could still result.
This snow map only goes through Saturday midday. Additional snow will fall closer to the coastal areas of the Northeast Saturday afternoon and night.
On the heels of today's snowmaker will be a stronger clipper system that will dive into the Upper Midwest on Friday, then will shift to the Northeast on Saturday.
While most storms of this nature produce light and intermittent snow, this one could pull some surprises, delivering snow more in the moderate 3- to 6-inch range for a few locations.
The little storm will bring a fresh coating to an inch of snow to many areas from the northern Plains to the Great Lakes, northern mid-Atlantic and New England.
In a narrow zone, near and just north of the storm center track, several inches of snow could fall, which would be more than a nuisance.
Later Friday night into Saturday morning, snow would be falling over much of lower Michigan, central and northern Ohio, northern and western Pennsylvania and western New York state. Cities likely to be impacted by snow during this period would be: Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Erie, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
During Saturday, portions of eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, southeastern New York and southern New England would get snow from the clipper.
There is an outside chance that these cities get into that moderate snow zone if the storm strengthens and grabs moisture at the last minute near the coast on Saturday evening.
The last thing many people would want is another 6 inches of snow on top of the 1 to 3 feet of snow most areas got from prior storms this winter.
Another clipper could affect much of the same swath from the northern Plains to the East Coast later in the weekend.
As will be the case with today's clipper, the snow will tend to be light and spotty, and should bring no worse than a coating an inch of snow to most areas.
It is the middle clipper storm the poses the greatest concern.
Another round of nasty cold air follows the strong clipper this weekend for the northern Plains to the Northeast. Additional rounds of bitterly cold air are poised to follow beyond this weekend as well.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski contributed to the content of this story.
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