Weather prediction for the weekend: Northeast storm, West storm.

The East Coast could experience ice and snow this weekend as a winter storm threatens power outages and travel delays.

The storm brought freezing rain to the southern and central Appalachians and heavy snow to the Northeast, according to the NWS. The storm might bring 8–12 inches of snow to areas of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday, the first big snowfall in two years for certain major eastern cities.

The central and eastern Gulf Coast will see the most rain, with 1 to 2 inches for most locations and 3 to 4 inches locally through Saturday night, the weather agency said. The storm could deliver 0.10 to 0.25 inches of ice, creating travel issues, power outages, and tree damage.

"Snowfall accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are expected mainly north and west of I-95 from Philadelphia to Providence but locally higher accumulations will be possible for portions of the Catskills into the Berkshires and portions of south-central New England including the northern/western Boston suburbs," the weather agency said.

The service predicted 5 to 9 inches of snowfall in northeastern New Jersey and southwestern Connecticut, with 10 to 12 inches possible. New York City/New Jersey, Long Island, and southeast coastal Connecticut might get 2–7 inches of snow.  The organization advises people to remain off roads in the snow, travel slowly, and have an emergency kit.  Weather forecast for Saturday, January 6, 2024.

A major storm will bring heavy rain to the Pacific Northwest early Saturday, the weather agency predicted. The system will produce significant Cascade snow.

By Saturday, California will get coastal rain, significant mountain snow, and 50–60 mph mountain gusts. Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico will see significant snow this weekend as the system moves inland.

"This storm system is expected to emerge over the central U.S. early next week as a powerful storm with significant impacts possible, stretching eventually to the East Coast by mid-week," the meteorological agency said.

Watch this space for further developments.