Midwest, Northeast start 2014 weather with snowstorm

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E) – The first major snowstorm of 2014 is forecast to hit the Midwest and Northeast from Wednesday to Friday.

Light snow spreading from the northern Rockies and northern Plains will reach Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri extending east into the southern Great Lakes and as far east as central New York and northern Pennsylvania Wednesday and Wednesday night, The Weather Channel reported.

Snowy, windy and cold conditions could stretch from the mid-Atlantic up to Maine and interior New England.

Six to 12 inches of snow are likely across the southern Great Lakes region on New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day and Thursday.

Six-to -eight inches of snow is forecast for New York City with the flakes starting to fall on Thursday evening, lasting into early Friday morning, said David Stark, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

One to four inches are expected from Kansas into the mid-Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley.

Lake-effect snows will set up off Lake Superior and Lake Michigan bringing a snow band into Chicago and Northwest Indiana late Thursday. Parts of northern Illinois could see up to 8 inches of snow by Wednesday.

A low-pressure center offshore may bring snow across upstate New York and parts of Pennsylvania with temperatures in the teens and 20s. The same low pressure may bring strong north to northeast winds in Jersey Shore to southern and eastern New England Thursday into early Friday.

Winds approaching or exceeding 35 mph late could bring blizzard or near-blizzard conditions coastal southern New England.

Meanwhile, a jet stream becoming active over the Gulf of Mexico is forecast to bring rain along the Gulf Coast late Wednesday into Thursday.

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