Winter Storm Watches are up for parts of Southwestern Virginia and much of interior North Carolina to Eastern Tennessee. This is due to a storm that has moved into California and is headed for a track across the entire Gulf Coast. There will be no impacts here in South Central Pennsylvania and North Central Maryland this weekend other than high clouds that may come it from time to time. It will be a cold weekend but other than a passing snow shower tonight in some places, there will be no snow or rain to deal with this weekend. Highs will be just in the 30s under partly sunny skies by day and nights will be in the teens and low 20s starting Friday night as well as Saturday night. It is a rather straight forward forecast. Dry cold weather lasts into the start of next week.
The upper air pattern continues to favor cold air coming into the Eastern US through the weekend. We have the arrival of another cold front tonight with a few passing snow showers and not much else. Then it is on to a dry stretch of weather that carries us into early next week. Snow lovers among you that keep hoping for last minute shifts (they would have to be monumental in scope) should put it to bed and move on. This system had staying south written all over it from the get go. The northern part of the jet stream is not getting out of the way. Get in the car and head south on I-81 south of Roanoke if you want to find big snows. An early look at the probability of at least 2 inches of snow, which in the south can shut a whole city down for days, is very high in the interior areas of the Middle Atlantic & Southeast. We still are watching weather models to see how they zero on on this storm system moving along the Gulf Coast and heading offshore of the Carolinas over the weekend.
SNOW FORECAST MAPS ARE UP FROM VIRGINA SOUTHWARD ALONG WITH MORE ON THE LONG RANGE. CHECK THOSE MAPS OUT AT METEOROLOGISTJOECIOFFI.COM