The storms will not organize fast enough to make the perfect storm, but it will cause a significant amount of snow to fall over a large area
Evan Myers, AccuWeather.com
Wind chills into the single and minus digits will greet 2014 in the Midwest and Northeast as forecasters predict a major snowstorm for the eastern U.S. later this week.
According to AccuWeather.com, two storms are expected to merge Thursday and the resulting snowstorm will impact more 70 million people from the Upper Midwest into New England.
"The storms will not organize fast enough to make the perfect storm, but it will cause a significant amount of snow to fall over a large area," said Evan Myers of AccuWeather.com.
More than a foot of snow is predicted along the coast between Boston and New York. Drifting snow is expected from Pennsylvania into New England as the merged storm moves up the coast. In parts of New England forecasters warned of the potential of blizzard conditions.
The cold weather is also proving challenging for the homeless. In Madison, WI, Grace Episcopal Church opened its doors to warm those without a home.
New Year's Eve was a day of extremes. At 8 AM EST, there was a 107-degree temperature difference between Key West, FL and International Falls, MN according to forecasters at the National Weather Service.
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