Winter is taking back the reins this week. Are you ready for a rough ride? Much colder air has already come into the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, and the East will be much colder from midweek on.

And look at this, will you? A major winter storm will take shape over the southern Plains on Thursday. The storm will follow a southern track and has the potential to produce a substantial amount of snow from the southern Plains to the mid-Atlantic region.

As previously stated the southern Plains will be targeted on Thursday. Thursday night and Friday, the snowstorm will spread east through Kentucky then into the Virginias. Friday night, snow will get into Maryland, southern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Southern New England could get into the thick of it for a while on Saturday.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.