Snowpocalypse 2014: See Weather Forecast For New York, Boston Chicago And More Northeast Cities

Motorist drive along a snow covered Interstate-94 in Detroit, Michigan January 2, 2014. The first major winter storm of 2014 bore down on the northeastern United States on Thursday with heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong winds just as many people were returning from holiday breaks. Reuters

Severe snowstorms predicted across the Midwest and Northeastern US have been labelled this year's "snowpocalypse."  Dubbed "Winter Storm Hercules," the blizzard will bring up to 1.5 feet of snow to some areas tomorrow. Over 100 million American are set to be affected by severe snowfalls and record low temperatures. A severe storm warning is in place for New York with winds of up to 35 mph and snow accumulation of up to nine inches: Governor Cuomo is urging people to prepare for road closures. meteorologist Chris Dolce stated: "Winter Storm Hercules is on the move from the Midwest into the Northeast. The Northeast I-95 corridor will feel the worst impacts from Hercules Thursday evening into Friday morning. Gusty winds will combine with the snow to produce poor visibility and dangerous travel conditions. Localized blizzard conditions are possible on Long Island and in coastal parts of southeast Massachusetts."

In Chicago, a "Lake Effect Snow Warning" is in effect as the city faces the worst blizzards since 2011. According to Google Public Alerts, travel may become "very hazardous or impossible" while "visibilities vary greatly and can drop to zero within minutes." "We do have a brutally cold arctic air mass on the way," National Weather Service meteorologist Ed Fenelon said. "We will go below zero sometime early AM Monday and stay below until after daybreak Wednesday.

Meanwhile in Boston a winter storm warning is also in place: hazards expected include "heavy snow and dangerously low wind chills. Considerable blowing and drifting snow with near blizzard conditions possible at times tonight into Friday morning."

Detroit Metro area "is expected to get at least half-a-foot of snow by Thursday morning."

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine ( and Musee Magazine.