The East Coast is in full-fledged panic mode as what's being billed as the first major snowstorm of the season takes aim at places like Washington, D.C., Batimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston for the upcoming weekend.
A blizzard watch is posted for the nation's capital.
But, models strongly suggest the Buffalo Niagara region will sit on the sidelines for this one -- basking under sun-drenched skies.
"Typically on the edge of these systems, there's a pretty sharp cut-off between the clouds and sun," said Dave Thomas, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Buffalo. "We appear to be on the sunny side."
Just before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service posted the "blizzard watch" for the nation's capital and surrounding areas.
Forecasters are still trying to pinpoint how exactly the storm will track, but after gathering strength in the Deep South, a deepening area of low pressure looks to take a turn up the East Coast.
Cold air will mix with moisture in the storm system to create heavy snowfall starting Friday around the District of Columbia.
Most models show the storm then tracking up the East Coast corridor toward New England in the form of a nor'easter.
"It's a classic track there," Thomas said. "The storm will just miss us."
As of now, it looks like the westernmost edge of the storm will drop some light snow over the Genesee Valley, Thomas said.
"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," Dave Dombek, an AccuWeather senior meteorologist reported on AccuWeather.com.
Early projections of an "historic" storm started taking shape on social media earlier this week when forecasters started sounding the warning that models were showing a storm system was taking shape.
00z GEFS members definitely hitting the Mid-Atlantic sweet spot. pic.twitter.com/fzI9dfPrre
— Eric Fisher (@ericfisher) January 19, 2016
— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) January 19, 2016
NAM still heavily snowing at Hour 84 backbreaking, blockbuster blizzard watch for DC/BWI. Maps Sat eve: pic.twitter.com/a1FkUelkWH
— Ryan Maue (@RyanMaue) January 20, 2016
Wednesday, most of the major news publications up and down the East Coast were preparing readers for a big snowstorm, take a look: