Early next week, a major winter storm threatens to greatly disrupt travel and daily routines in the eastern third of the nation. Incoming harsh cold, a surge of warmth and a powerful jet stream will turn the storm into a potent system.
The intent of the above graphic is to display the wide variety of adverse weather that will accompany the storm. Its exact track, which will become clearer this weekend, will determine which areas receive disruptive snow or drenching rain Monday into Tuesday.
Soaking rain will pour down east of the storm's center as warm air flows northward. Enough rain will fall that flooding could become a concern. The greatest threat would be in the Northeast, where the frozen ground will fail to absorb the water.
Substantial snow will be found on the storm's back side, creating a nightmare for travelers and likely leading to school cancellations. Amounts could total 6 to 12 inches, with up to 2 feet not out of the question.
Accumulating snow will also fall and cause treacherous travel as far south as northern parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.
Strong winds will howl on both sides of the storm. Blustery winds following the system will significantly chill the air, while powerful winds to the storm's east could cause coastal flooding along the Northeast's beaches.