The planets have gathered in the twelfth house of rest, the fox is pawing at the scorpion’s tail, and the hunchback has emptied his spittoon: a powerful winter storm is brewing, and it looks increasingly likely that New York City is in its path.

How does the raven feel after opening a hazelnut with his stare? Ask the meteorologist who tweeted that this “blizzard for the ages” might drop as much as 36 inches of snow. The National Weather Service is predicting “heavy snow” and “high winds for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, Sat, Jan 23.”

This storm is expected to intensify and reach the east coast of the U.S. by Saturday, and move northward along the east coast of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Heavy snow is initially most likely across parts of the Ohio Valley, Central Appalachians, and the Mid-Atlantic on Friday, shifting its focus northeastward to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Saturday. Some of these highlighted areas may receive up to an inch or greater of liquid equivalent in a 24-hour period, potentially translating to many inches of snow. Additionally, this storm may bring high winds to parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, with sustained wind speeds reaching 40 knots or greater.

The Weather Channel/Weather Underground, the only soothsayer to unmask the Cerberus Of Lies that was NYC’s No-Mageddon 2015, believes it is “increasingly likely” that there will be “high-impact snowfall to parts of the East.”

”We are just now at the point [of the winter] where the air is cold enough with the ongoing storms to awaken a sleeping giant in terms of a snowstorm,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dave Dombek said, as he sprinkled small bones into a boiling cauldron.

Slate meteorologist Eric Holthaus has written that “This week’s storm will be a sprawling slow-mover, virtually guaranteeing heavy, multi-inch snowfall across a vast swath from Virginia to New England.”

And yes, there is “thundersnow” afoot.

What we can expect in New York City, specifically, is a shade more cryptic.

Accuweather reports that “the heavy snow with the storm is likely to have a fairly sharp northern edge,” meaning that “a distance of less than 50 miles could bring snowfall ranging from an inch or less to more than a foot.”

Meterologist Paul Kocin, who “literally wrote the textbook on major Northeast winter storms,” told his apostles earlier today that the land between DC and Philadephia appears to be in a “primo” spot for snowfall.

“Uncertainty increases north and south. North with the possible sharp boundary with little vs lots of snow. That's the case so far NYC and Boston.”

Kocin adds, “Looks like 1-2 feet in the max, 30 possible. Where? You tell me.”

Time to get the bread and milk and myrrh.