The winter storm impacting the Northeast today will pale in comparison to the monster that looms. The storm currently spreading snow through Texas is set to rapidly strengthen as it presses into the Northeast on Thursday. An invading shot of arctic air plunging down from the Midwest will help to fuel the storm's intensification.

Conditions will deteriorate across the entire Northeast on Thursday as the storm moves inland. Winds will increase as rain and snow accompanying the storm become steadier.

The worst of the storm will blast the Northeast late Thursday into Friday morning. It is during this time that strong winds may cause damage over much of the Northeast.

The New England coast will also endure drenching rain and significant coastal flooding. An all-out blizzard may rage across the higher terrain of northern New England, much of New York state, northern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. It is also possible that a period of blizzard conditions may bear down on the Interstate 95 corridor from Providence to Philadelphia.

Be sure to keep checking back with on this potential major winter storm. A shift in the storm's track could dramatically change the appearance of the above graphic.

Story by Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski