TODAY   |  December 17, 2013

Heavy snow expected to hit East Coast

A winter weather system that has already hit parts of the Midwest is moving east, and some cities are expecting 3-5 inches of snow. NBC’s Dylan Dreyer reports.

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>> this weather is of course today's top story. dylan dreyer finds herself in it again 30 miles to our northwest in are parsippany, new jersey. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning. you know, out in the snow once again, it started at about 5:00 this morning. but it's 20 degrees here in parsippany. so it is sticking to everything, including the roads immediately. now, this is not going to be a huge storm as far as snowfall totals are concerned, but it's the timing. obviously faepgtiaffecting the morning commute and then the heavy snow moves up into new england this afternoon and that will have a huge impact on their evening commute up there. these albert take clipper storm systems are fast moving, but they pack a punch. in the midwest yesterday, we saw a few inches of snow, enough to make the road s slippery and runways slippery, too. a plane skidded off the runway in madison, wisconsin. no one was injured, but it did slide right off into a snow bank. back behind the system, it's about 26 degrees below zero in northern wisconsin. it's not going to get that cold around here, but it will stay in the 20s through the day today. so it's slippery from start to finish. so once again commuters having to take extra caution again this morning. savannah.

>> all right, diylan dreyer, thank you so much. let's go to al.

>> i have to tell you, already airlines have canceled proactively up to 250 flights. the numbers will just be growing. here you can see the system now pushing its way in. it's a fast mover, but don't be fooled, there is another bit of energy as we show you what is going on, you can see snow in philadelphia, snow from our top of the rock cam here in new york. we'll be watching this system. so actually what will happen, even though the rush hour this morning will be kind of rough, by noon, you see the heavier bands of snow cutting across new jersey into long island and new york city . heavier snow starting to set up into new england . and as the afternoon rolls on, boston, you'll have to worry about your evening commute, heavier snow there. still snowing back in new york and on up into new england . and then this thing moves out rather quickly. the good news is as dylan mentioned, not going to be a heavy snow. about 3 to 6 inches locally, maine about 9 inches. the other he said of tend of the country, big sur , california, 500 acres, at least 20 homes destroyed. including the home of the big sur fire chief yet they stayed on duty trying to protect the community. it's the not under control yet. l.a. got up to 85. they will continue with southeasterly winds 10 to 15 miles per hour. and it's been a dig dbig dry season. san francisco is 15 inches below where they should be for rainfall this year. l.a. over 10 inches with no relief in sight. so guys, if this continues, this will probably be the driest year on record for california by about 40%.

>> al, thank you so much.

>> we'll be back with your local forecasts in a countkucouple