Potential for significant snow storm this weekend

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PIX11 WEATHER CENTER — It could be a nasty one-two punch from Mother Nature — a cold spell followed by  a snow storm.

All eyes are on a storm that could dump a significant amount of snow on the tri-state area this weekend. As we shiver through a cold snap here, an area of low pressure will develop in the deep South and make its way to our area as a coastal storm. The amount of snow, rain, or wintry mix we receive depends on the track of the system as it heads off the Carolinas and into our area on Saturday.

There are two possibilities right now:  One model is suggesting a track that will hug the coastline. With this kind of track, we start off with snow as it arrives on Saturday, which then gradually changes over to rain throughout the night before tapering off on Sunday

The other track puts the storm a little farther out the sea, but keeps the colder air in place. This kind of track could end up as a significant snow event for us. In this scenario, the snow could start as early as Saturday midday and end by Sunday morning.

It’s too early to predict accumulation amounts — expect that forecast by Thursday night. What is certain is that the storm could disrupt weekend activities.

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