So where's the big January Thaw? I guess it's still on sabbatical. From the Great Plains to the Eastern Seaboard, most of next week will be cold. Plus there will be another storm or two to deal with along the way. Perhaps next weekend a moderating trend will occur across the central and southern Plains, but the Midwest and Northeast are likely to stay cold.

The first storm is one of those clipper systems that come out of western Canada. It will bring a small amount of snow to areas mainly north of Interstate 80 Saturday and Saturday night.

Early next week, another disturbance will impact the Eastern part of the country. This one won't ever become a tightly wound storm like the one that hit earlier this week; however, it will produce a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from West Virginia northward Monday night and Tuesday. The precipitation pattern will be somewhat splotchy and not nearly as organized as what is shown on the graphic above. The storm will create poor travel conditions, but odds are strongly against another heavy snowfall.

Yet another snow system (strength unknown) could play a role in the weather across the Northeast late next Thursday and Friday.

Story by Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.