A rare October winter storm is forecast for the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states from the evening of October 28 through the day and into the evening of October 29. Heavy, wet snow combined with nearly fully-leafed trees could lead to extensive downed trees and power outages in a region extending from the borders of Virginia and West Virginia northeastward through the mid-Atlantic states and into southern New England. The surface low over the southern Gulf Coast region seen in this picture is forecast to lift northeastward to central Georgia by Friday evening and to the North Carolina coast by Saturday morning. Total snowfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches are forecast from the higher terrain of Virginia and West Virginia northeastward through eastern Pennsylvania and into southern New England. The heaviest snowfall amounts of 8 to 10 inches are forecast to fall in a band from extreme northern Maryland northeastward through northern New Jersey and into western Massachusetts. This image was taken by GOES East at 1615Z on October 28, 2011.