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East Coast To Get Slammed This Week With Major Snowstorm

Until yesterday, it looked like it would miss most of the area. What a difference a day makes.

Another massive storm -- "near blizzard conditions," they say --on the way to the Midwest and the East Coast:

A winter storm grounded hundreds of flights and threatened to bury more than 100,000 hockey fans Wednesday as forecasters warned that parts of the Northeast could face up to a foot of snow by Friday.

A day after meteorologists predicted a storm system was unlikely to bring snow to New York City this week, the forecast was revised and experts warned the Big Apple can expect between five and eight inches of snow through Thursday and Friday.

A storm system could bring heavy snowfall and sub-arctic temperatures to residents living in areas from the Great Lakes to New England. NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports from Chicago.

"It's going to be a pretty significant storm which will cause major travel disruption for a lot of people early in the new year," said Dave Houtz, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel. "Any untreated roads will be a real mess."

Coastal areas between Boston and New York will likely experience near-blizzard conditions, with wind speeds up to 30 mph and temperatures dropping into the teens, according to the National Weather Service.

Parts of New England could get up to 12 inches before the storm winds to a close late Friday.

The storm moved in from the Great Plains, and Chicago and Detroit were already seeing snow by late Tuesday. Both cities are expected to get as much as 10 inches by the end of the week.

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