4 Maps Will Make You Want to Stay Inside All Weekend

Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Fire up the Netflix because it's going to be a weekend full of slush, snow and sleet for millions of people in the Northeast.

A major storm is churning in the Southeast, dumping heavy rain and threatening thunderstorms before it barrels up the Atlantic Seaboard on Friday night. When it hits the East Coast on Saturday, forecasters say it will undergo a "bombogenesis" — when the storm's pressure steeply drops and creating high-powered winds to ruin people's moods.

The timing. The storm will impact Washington D.C. and Baltimore on Friday night, but above-freezing temperatures will mainly make it an all rain event with chance of ice. The storm will continue its march northward Friday night before arriving in Philadelphia and New York early Saturday morning. By noon, the storm will be fully inflated over Boston.

Source: Accuweather

In preparation, the National Weather Service has issued warnings for hundreds of counties stretching from North Carolina to Maine. 

The precipitation. Since the thermometer is teetering barely above (and below) freezing, rain will limit snowfall from Washington D.C. to Providence, Rhode Island. Snow will be least likely south to north, so the nation's capital will see mostly ice and sleet, while New York could get between three to five inches. 

The heavier snow amounts will be in southern and eastern New England like Boston, Hartford and Portland, Maine, which all could get up to eight inches of snow by sunset Saturday. Still, the rain and snow dividing line is evading forecasters' guesses, so it could be more or even much less.

"That said, in some areas just a one- or two-degree temperature difference could make the difference between a cold rain and a wet snow that accumulates at rates of a half-inch per hour," according to Weather.com. 

Source: Weather.com

The worst of the storm will impact Boston and other parts of costal New England. AccuWeather predicts the storm will increase through Saturday nights, bringing gusts up to 50 mph in spots like Cape Cod and Bangor. As a result, downed power lines and trees could cause severe damage.

Source: AccuWeather

The storm will exit the country by Sunday, when bitter cold temperatures will steep major East Coast cities early next week. Despite the dry winter and mildish temperatures, it's a sad reminder that winter is far from over. 

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Jordan Valinsky

Jordan is a writer at the Live News desk. He's previously written for The Week, Betabeat, The Daily Dot and CNN.com.

MORE FROM

Mom slams ACA repeal, shows what's at stake in a tweetstorm about son's health

This mom says that without the ACA, her son wouldn't get the medical care he desperately needs.

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

10 of the DUP's MPs will vote alongside May's party in exchange for more than $1 billion of funds.

Supreme Court will hear case of baker who refused service to gay couples on religious grounds

The Supreme Court will take on the case of a bakery owner who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Health care opposition, Trump on Russian meddling & Pakistan tanker explosion

The important stories to get you caught up for Monday morning.

Dozens missing after tourist boat carrying more than 160 passengers sinks in Colombia

At least six people are confirmed dead and dozens more unaccounted for.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's website hacked with pro-ISIS propaganda

The same attack also hit government websites in Brookhaven, New York, and Howard County, Maryland, according to reports.

Mom slams ACA repeal, shows what's at stake in a tweetstorm about son's health

This mom says that without the ACA, her son wouldn't get the medical care he desperately needs.

Theresa May announces pact with Northern Ireland's conservative DUP

10 of the DUP's MPs will vote alongside May's party in exchange for more than $1 billion of funds.

Supreme Court will hear case of baker who refused service to gay couples on religious grounds

The Supreme Court will take on the case of a bakery owner who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple.

'Hot Mic' podcast: Health care opposition, Trump on Russian meddling & Pakistan tanker explosion

The important stories to get you caught up for Monday morning.

Dozens missing after tourist boat carrying more than 160 passengers sinks in Colombia

At least six people are confirmed dead and dozens more unaccounted for.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich's website hacked with pro-ISIS propaganda

The same attack also hit government websites in Brookhaven, New York, and Howard County, Maryland, according to reports.