A major storm taking shape for the weekend is poised to bring another chance of snowfall, but it’s too early to say whether to get out the sled.

If the forecast proves to be on the money, a rainy Saturday will see precipitation transition to snowfall in the evening with snow continuing into Sunday, accumulating perhaps an inch or two.

It is expected to be a big storm that will affect the Plains, much of the South and the East Coast, with some areas needing shovels and plows to uncover.

On Wednesday, the National Weather Service Memphis Forecast Office said significant uncertainty remains about the storm track.

“Temperatures will likely plummet from west to east Saturday night with not much warming on Sunday,” the weather service said. “As a result, rain will change over to snow from west to east Saturday night and should stay all snow on Sunday. Hard to pinpoint accumulations right now as there is a wide variety in solutions.”

Colder weather will be a certainty, however, with the temperature likely not rising above the mid-30s on Sunday and around 40 on MLK Day.

Snow could cause slick surfaces as far south as Tupelo and Birmingham, according to AccuWeather. It would be Corinth’s second accumulating snow of the season following the 2 inch snow last week.

The storm will be what meteorologists refer to as a “Saskatchewan screamer” rather than an “Alberta clipper,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Matt Benz explained. The storm is forecast to dive nearly due south from the Saskatchewan province of Canada instead of the more traditional starting point in Alberta, Canada.

NWS – Memphis said there could also be some flurries Monday afternoon and evening in areas near the Tennessee River as another upper trough moves through.

Temperatures will moderate on Tuesday, getting back to around 50.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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