Snowstorm is forming in the central and eastern states prior of Christmas

In the days prior to Christmas, a significant snowfall might be brewing over the central and eastern United States, potentially complicating holiday travel.

Although high-confidence predictions for Christmas Day are still a few days away, AccuWeather forecasters say the possibility of a major snow storm arriving before Christmas is growing.

According to AccuWeather, the storm is also anticipated to coincide with an Arctic air outbreak that would cause temperatures to fall to "bone-chilling levels."

As the Arctic airmass moves toward the Midwest and Ohio, the National Weather Service predicted below-average temperatures in the days leading up to Christmas.

Falling temperatures and high winds from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Midwest and Northeast states from December 22 to 24 may provide slippery driving conditions.

In some areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, winter weather warnings are in effect through Saturday; these areas could see hazardous travel conditions and sporadic power disruptions.

On Friday, blizzard conditions hit the upper Midwest while over 5 million people in the Northeast of the United States were under winter storm warnings.