Hercules is set to flex its muscles as the first winter storm of 2014. Starting tonight, the system will spread across the northern Rockies and northern Plains and into the southern Great Lakes. Light snowfall is expected for Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri, as well as a corridor extending east into the southern Great Lakes and as far east as central New York and northern Pennsylvania New Year’s day and night. The Ohio Valley and northern Tennessee will see snow through the day on Thursday and into the evening.
Meanwhile, an area of rain will be growing along the Gulf Coast that should help trigger the development of a weak coastal low near the Carolinas Thursday- just in time to combine with the Midwestern system as it moves into the Northeast. What happens after that remains to be seen. However, it is rather certain that a good deal of the Northeast will be engulfed by this powerful low pressure system by Friday.
Stay safe and Happy New Year!