AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno is also being cautious about snowfall projections this early, but he said if the current computer models hold up, states in the Northeast region could see as much as 6 to 12 inches of snow this weekend.
"You have to be very careful about predicting too much snow yet, although I think the ingredients are there," Rayno
said in a forecast video Monday morning on AccuWeather.com
"There's a lot of different moving pieces that are coming together, and everything has to hit perfectly for this storm to work out.
But the ingredients are there."
Those ingredients, he
said, include cold air getting pushed into our region from Canada, and energy moving eastward from the Pacific Ocean across the nation, feeding into the eventual coastal storm.
As of now, it appears the northern jet stream - a narrow belt of strong, meandering wind currents high in the atmosphere - will be shifting far enough north that it's unlikely to push the coastal storm away from the East Coast, Rayno
noted, however, some of those ingredients could fluctuate or fall apart between now and Friday, changing the storm's impact on the eastern United States.