Maps: Here's the timing of the snow forecast for January 19

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning valid from 9 p.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday for the region. Conditions are to deteriorate quickly Saturday morning into Saturday afternoon as the storm center moves across central Tennessee. Northwest Indiana and areas of IL south of I-88 could see 3 to 7 inches.

Parts of the Merrimack Valley, cities and towns in Worcester County, and points along the North Shore will likely be hit by up to a foot of snow. Total snow and sleet accumulations of one- to three-inches are expected, and potentially up to six inches.

A winter storm is inching its way toward New England after dumping snow and slowing travel for residents in the Midwest and Plains states. A slight shift to the south will lock in colder air, resulting in more significant snowfall.

Those close to the coast could see rain, but a few miles inland it will be a freezing rain mix and then a snow mix a bit farther inland.

A major winter storm system is expected to slam the central, southern and eastern US this weekend, reports the U.S.

The main threats are damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

Following the storm system, some areas of the Midwest were expecting high winds and bitter cold. A Winter Weather Advisory covers Southern Westchester and coastal Fairfield County.

Travel conditions could become very hard. The Thursday morning commute could be hard especially on secondary roads and elevated surfaces. Strong wind gusts Sunday afternoon into Sunday night could bring down tree limbs and power lines.

"During the winter months, we receive a lot of insurance claims for people sliding off of the road and damaging their vehicles", says Mark Sisson, vice president of insurance for AAA East Central, which includes south-central Ohio.

Monday will be mostly sunny and frigid, with a high temperature in the lower teens.

  • Leroy Wright