It is unlikely likely that the New York City area will be hit with much snow, but mixing and changing rain is still expected to make travel messy.
By the afternoon, warm air could prompt a break in the snow for the coastal Northeast, but it won't be long lasting.
The millions of US travelers who battled a nightmarish mix of winter weather en route to their Thanksgiving holiday destinations can expect more of the same for the trip home as a coast-to-coast winter storm system brings snow, rain and heavy winds to major travel hubs across the country, weather experts say. A third child is missing. A storm-related death also was reported in South Dakota.
Two people braving blizzard conditions in Duluth, Minn., on Saturday.
We see lighter snow for the higher elevations inland Monday afternoon before the winds shift to out of the north Monday night into Tuesday and the rain/snow line will retreat to the coast again.
The storm was hitting much of the central US with blizzard conditions as of Saturday afternoon before it will make its way to the Northeast by Sunday.
Farther south, precipitation was in the form of rain and thunderstorms.
A two-part storm system is bringing a mix of snow, rain and ice just as millions return home from Thanksgiving and then head back to work. Another system is forecast to develop in the mid-Atlantic Sunday, moving into a nor'easter by Monday.
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"It wouldn't surprise me if it was maybe a little more than that", Watson said. At noon EST, flights out of four major airports in the Northeast-Newark International Airport, Teterboro Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Logan International Airport-were subject to ground delay programs due to snow and ice, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Authorities in the western states were still grappling with the aftermath of heavy rains and snow over the busiest travel weekend of the year.
Families in California took advantage of the early season snow in the Grapevine area, sledding down slopes in Frazier Park, California. Traffic was heavy, but Interstate 5 was open in both directions as holiday travelers headed home.
High winds and ice were making travel nearly impossible in some other places, however. Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour (80 kph) created ground blizzards. Wells College is also closed Monday.
A lakeshore flood warning was in effect for Duluth most of the weekend as strong east winds and high water levels on Lake Superior combined to create mammoth waves and a surge of water along the Duluth lakeshore and in the Duluth-Superior harbor.
Estimated snowfall for most of York and Cumberland counties, including Portland, is 1 to 2 inches on Sunday, followed by another 3 to 4 inches Monday, for a total of 4 to 6 inches, said National Weather Service meteorologist William Watson. (Cody Bashore/Arizona Daily Sun via AP) PHOTO: This photo provided by Big Bear Mountain Resort shows a fresh snow fall at Big Bear Mountain Resort in Big Bear Lake, Calif., Friday, Nov. 29, 2019.