A storm will spread snow from the Upper Midwest to the mid-Atlantic coast this weekend in what may be winter’s last gasp.
The storm this weekend is the second and weaker of the two storms moving through a batch of cold air.
While the storm will not bring a heavy snowfall, it can bring enough snow to make some roads slippery and perhaps cause minor airline delays, due to deicing operations.
The most substantial snowfall from the fast-moving storm will occur from parts of eastern Minnesota to the Lower Peninsula of Michigan into Saturday.
Most of the snow accumulation will be on non-paved surfaces, except in the upper Great Lakes region, where road conditions will be colder.
An inch or two of snow can accumulate in portions of northern and eastern Ohio to mountains in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and western Maryland during Saturday into Saturday night.
A light coating to an inch of snow will survive the trip past the central Appalachians to the mid-Atlantic coast during Saturday night into Sunday morning.
“Since the snow will fall on part of the central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic coast during the nighttime and early morning hours, some roads can become slushy and slippery,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brian Wimer.
Areas most likely to be slippery will be bridges, overpasses and areas that do not receive much direct sunlight.
Any snow and slush on the landscape during Sunday morning will melt Sunday afternoon as temperatures rebound into the 40s in many areas.
Temperatures in portions of Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland may touch 50 on Sunday.
“Even warmer conditions are in store from next week to just past the middle of the month,” according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok. “There can still be a few chilly episodes during the spring.”
Chances will be increasingly remote that a storm or two can connect with chilly air to bring wet snow during the latter part of March and into April.