A massive winter storm is expected to pour rain, ice, snow over much of the United States

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By Dennis Romero

A major winter storm could create daily travel and commuting problems for as many as 200 million people in 39 US states, forecasters said on Tuesday.

The system is expected to deliver rain, snow and ice over southern, central-western, central Atlantic and southern New England.

"A big winter storm will affect areas of the Upper Midwest to the east coast starting tonight," the National Weather Service said Tuesday during a discussion of weather forecasts. "Significant amounts of moisture will spread to the north and east of the Gulf of Mexico."

According to NBC News meteorologist Dylan Dreyer, the upper level system could deliver 6 inches of snow in parts of the Midwest, 4 inches in Washington and 2 inches in New York.

Tuesday night, he had already visited the Rockies and Plains.

As the storm reaches the east coast and southern New England on Wednesday afternoon, some precipitation will turn into rain, she said.

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