The same basic elements that birthed a major storm over the southern Plains at the end of last week will spawn another in about the same area during the middle of this week. Right now, it appears that Texas is really going to get soaked Wednesday. Unlike the last storm, however, any snow or ice across the southern Plains will be very limited due to a lack of cold air over the region.

This storm will slide through the Gulf states Thursday then impact the eastern part of the country Friday and Saturday. Here, the system will encounter colder air, and the rain that moves up from the south will turn to snow.

Could this be another big winter storm for the mid-Atlantic region? We think so, and it might be advantageous to stock up early.

This map shows the approximately arrival times of the storm.

Wednesday, we will start producing precise snowfall maps for the event.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.