East Coast snow storm

According to media reports Tuesday, a major winter storm will hit the eastern United States with the potential for heavy snow to impact more than 50 million people at the end of the week.

Areas from Charleston, West Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia, to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston could receive heavy snow from the storm, reports AccuWeather.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek:

“We are just now at the point [of the winter] where the air is cold enough with the ongoing storms to awaken a sleeping giant in terms of a snowstorm.”

Thunder and lightning could accompany the snow, according to AccuWeather, a phenomenon known as thundersnow.

Foot’s Forecast is predicting a historic storm.

East Coast snow storm Could Bring A Pile Of Snow

East Coast snow storm Could Bring A Pile Of Snow

“If computer model trends continue in the manner they have shown since Friday 1/15, there is potential to see impacts that could equal that of events in January 1996 and February 2010,” Foot’s forecasters wrote.

Foot’s Forecast leaves a 30 percent chance that the storm develops more slowly and stays to the south of Maryland before moving out to sea, which could just mean some light snow across Maryland and Virginia on Friday.

Forecasters will have better clarity as the week progresses. Until then, it might be a good idea to remember where the shovel and the rock salt are.