Forecasters say the snowy conditions that have overspread the Midwest and Northeast the last few days are the first signs of a more significant pattern change.
„The atmospheric pattern is setting up in a manner that will deliver multiple rounds of relatively weak storm systems diving southward from central Canada over the next week or so,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said. „These storm systems will not feature ample amounts of moisture within them, so overall snowfall accumulations within each passing disturbance should remain relatively light.”
The first in a string of weak systems will develop over the Great Lakes on Monday and bring snow showers and flurries to much of the northeastern quarter of the country through early week.
„Although major snowfall accumulations are not expected across a majority of the Midwest and Northeast over the coming week, the rounds of light snowfall will likely cause travel issues for some,” Buckingham explained. „Sometimes, a light snowfall event can give drivers a false sense of security in thinking that road conditions may not be so bad, but at times, these ‘minor’ snowfall events can actually lead to more traffic accidents than major snowstorms.”
Travelers, especially those on interstates 80, 86 and 90, will need to remain weather aware for much of the week and monitor for rapidly changing conditions.