With cold air in retreat for now, the concerns mostly involve thunderstorms rather than for winter weather this week. Some areas could see a lot of rain, too. A return to a chillier pattern will start this coming weekend or early in the following week.
An icy mess will continue in parts of the Plains and a storm coming in from Mexico will bring in another round of moisture Sunday to keep the ice buildup going. On the warm side of this storm, severe thunderstorms will be a concern over the next couple of days. Once we get past early week, it looks mild for several days with only weak storm systems moving through. However, winter certainly isn't over yet. The only question is how soon it will get cold again.
Cold air will stay mostly bottled up to our north through this weekend, though there remains some concern for ice and maybe even a lot of it in parts of the Plains Friday into Saturday. There will be some concern for heavy rain and perhaps severe storms this weekend and early next week as well.
Warmer air will spread across the South this week and it will get quite toasty in Texas and Florida again. However, late in the week, some colder air will muscle its way into the southern Plains and set the stage for some ice and snow. There is a potential for a serious ice storm, in fact.
The warmup is underway west of the Mississippi. The start of the workweek will be extremely cold, where snow is on the ground in the Southeast. However, a big warmup is coming and by the end of the week, some areas that had snow will be in the 70s! We won't see much in the way of rain this week.
A winter storm departs to the northeast on Saturday and some very cold arctic air will move in behind it. Most of the South gets a very cold weekend, though temperatures start moderating back in Texas on Sunday. The warmth will spread eastward through the first part of next week.
A storm now coming out of the Southwest will bring snow to a fairly large area of the South over the next 36 hours or so. Some people in the Carolinas and Virginia will be snowbound for the weekend and perhaps Monday as very cold air will follow. However, after that we will warm up next week and that will get rid of the snow.
After colder air moves in at midweek, later in the week into Saturday, we will see a one-two punch of storm systems move through the South. Both have the potential to cause snow. The first one looks mostly minor, but the second one has more potential to cause disruptions. After the stormy weather moves out, it's looking dry for a few days with a slow warmup.
A vigorous storm pushing through is causing some good rain but also some severe storms. There will be more severe storm concerns tomorrow, but the overall risk will be much lower. Colder air will come in behind this storm, especially later in the week. This sets the stage for a potential winter storm for parts of the Southeast Friday into Saturday, but much is in question.