NEW YORK - The eastern United States faces a major winter storm this week that could reach blizzard conditions in some areas and snarl plans for travelers returning from holiday trips, forecasters said on Wednesday.
The powerful storm will stretch from the Midwest into the mid-Atlantic states and New England on Thursday and Friday, forecasters said.
"We are telling people, prepare for road closings and take mass transit. Especially tomorrow," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters in a conference call about the storm.
A double-barreled weather system aimed at both upstate New York and the New York metropolitan area, especially Long Island, could dump 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30.5 cm) of snow accompanied by high winds and frigid temperatures, he said.
The National Weather Service forecast snowfall along the I-90 highway corridor from Chicago to Syracuse, New York, to Boston through early Friday.