Nightly News   |  January 02, 2014

What’s Next for This Winter Storm?

NBC’s Al Roker explains what you can expect from a large winter storm system dropping heavy snow across the East and Midwest.

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>> thanks. as for the track the of the storm, al roker is on the plaza at 30 rock where he can attest to the wind chill numbers. if you are watching from florida to phoenix you're probably wondering what the fuss is unless you are waiting on a flight from the east.

>> exactly. this ripples out and will continue to ripple out. we are seeing snowshowers in new york. as you look a at the wide view of of the radar it spreads from new england back into the midwest. heavy rain to the south. snowfall amounts so far just outside chicago. 18 inches of snow. cleveland and cincinnati, three inches. butler, p.a., six inches. three and a half in albany. boston, seven inches of snow. by 9:00, philly, new york city , boston all involved. washington, d.c. as well. as we move into the overnight hours we see this system moving offshore intensifying, wringing in strong winds, blizzard conditions, winds of 35 miles per hour or more. visibilities of a quarter mile or less. by 6:00 a.m . friday, systems merge into one. we have heavy snow in the morning rush . then moving out. it will be windy and blustery. add to it we are looking at snowfall amounts generally six to nine inches. right along the massachusetts/new england coastline, up to 15 incheses of snow. add the to that winds. we are talking about winds gusting over 35 miles per hour. really, really poor visibility. the misery is compounded by the temperatures. we are going to have a second storm coming saturday into sunday dropping from three to six inches from syracuse to central missouri . those temperatures overnight, we are talking about well below zero with wind chills. what happens then the salt on the roads doesn't become effective. so it will be a mess. we'll have complete details tomorrow starting on "wake up with al" at 5:00 a.m . on the weather channel and tomorrow on "today" at 7:00.

>> a light snow falls over new york. al, thanks.