(AP) --Meteorologists predicted a storm that dropped up to 5 inches of snow on the Mid-Atlantic states Thursday would move toward the Northeast into the weekend. Meteorologists said 12 inches of snow could hit parts of the East Coast this weekend with winds of 50 mph, according to Reuters. "For early December, it's a heck of a storm," Joe Bastardi, meteorologist with AccuWeather, told Reuters. "This is a major nor'easter," he said. "This could be the worst storm since December of 1981 when we had 10 to 20 inches of snowfall whipped by high winds." New York could get up to 8 inches of snow, with parts of New England getting 12 inches or more, Bastardi said, and the Washington, D.C., area may get as much as 6 inches.