Into the first part of the weekend, light to moderate snow will push from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic states, but a blizzard is forecast to develop in eastern New England.

The storm has the potential to bring a new round of ground and airline disruptions to parts of the South and East that were hit with the winter storm at midweek and also to some places that escaped the storm in the Midwest.

The storm is forecast to remain rather weak along most of its journey. However, it could bring just enough snow to treat, shovel and plow from parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to much of Kentucky and Tennessee into Friday afternoon.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution this evening along Interstates 64, 65, 71 and 75 in Kentucky as temperatures falling below freezing can make for icy travel. Similar conditions in southeastern Pennsylvania early this morning contributed to a multiple vehicle accident on the Turnpike, north of Philadelphia.

The storm brought between 1 and 4 inches over a large part of Iowa and northern Missouri early Friday and was heading across central Illinois toward Indiana during the midday Friday. St. Louis received a wintry mix.

A swath of snow will affect portions of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York during part of Friday night. A couple of inches could fall on parts of these states with locally higher amounts. The snow could conceal patches of ice beneath.

On the southern edge of the storm, rain and also a wintry mix may fall in part of middle Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Georgia, central North Carolina and central Virginia. Just enough could fall to make roads in some communities slippery once again.

This storm is likely to strengthen upon nearing the coast. As this happens, more substantial snow-related problems may begin to unfold.
If the storm organizes quickly, a stripe of moderate snow could develop from part of northwestern North Carolina to central Virginia, the upper part of the Delmarva Peninsula, New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania and southeastern New York. If this band of more robust wet snow develops, it might brush some of the cities from Asheville, N.C., to Charlottesville, Va., Dover, Del., Atlantic City, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa. and New York City.

How much strengthening the storm does just offshore will determine how much snow falls and how strong winds get over Long Island, southeastern New England and the Maritimes. Odds favor windswept snow to develop in part of this area, if not a full-blown blizzard. This includes the city of Boston and Cape Cod, Mass., to coastal Maine.
Major cities that have the best chance at receiving a period or two of accumulating snow from the new storm include Peoria, Ill., Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Knoxville, Tenn., Charleston, W.Va., Roanoke, Va., Pittsburgh, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

Despite the piling on nature of the storms of late, there is light at the end of the tunnel for warm weather fans and parents dealing with loss of work when kids have an excess number of snow days.

Steering-level winds will shift later next week allowing warmer air now building over the Southwest to expand northward and eastward.

The upcoming pattern will deliver a thaw. In addition to the release of winter's grip in many areas, concerns for ice jam flooding may be raised.

Updates on this storm will continue on