A "monster" storm heading to the East Coast today should take a swing at, and miss, Northeast Pennsylvania.

"Northeastern Pennsylvania is especially going to get brushed over," said AccuWeather meteorologist Bill Deger. About 1 to 3 inches of snow is forecast in the Scranton area, Mr. Deger said Tuesday, adding, "Any potential for localized higher amounts will be more likely in the Lehigh Valley, more south, like Allentown and northwestern New Jersey."

The storm was scheduled to start just after dawn, and AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines predicts a wintry mix will last throughout the day in the Scranton area before tapering off tonight.

Temperatures may make it up to the high 30s before the snow, but will drop down to below freezing when the precipitation moves in, Mr. Kines said. Flurries or light snow may continue into Thursday.

Earlier this week Justin Roberti of AccuWeather referred to the impending weather system as an "East Coast Monster Storm."

Counties in southern Pennsylvania can expect accumulations of up to 6 inches during the height of the storm, and those traveling to that area should be prepared for the possibility of snow-covered roads.

Northern Virginia, the panhandle of West Virginia and Maryland will be the hardest hit, said Mr. Deger. Those areas could receive more than a foot of snow. The Mid-Atlantic coast may experience high winds, and there's a potential for tidal flooding at times of high tide.

Eastern and southeastern New England also will be in the eye of the storm.

"Places like Boston could get up to half a foot of snow Wednesday night into Thursday," said Mr. Kines.

Areas affected by Hurricane Sandy and New York state can rest easy, Mr. Deger said: "The storm will not be as bad (in those areas) as it could have been."

Nor will the monster attack the Scranton area as hard as earlier forecasts suggested.

Northeast Pennsylvania should definitely "be on the edge on the storm," Mr. Deger said.