northeast storm*(Via NBC News) -A winter storm grounded hundreds of flights early Wednesday as forecasters warned that parts of the Northeast 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.

“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.
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