Northeast getting slammed with heavy rain, snow from nor'easter

Nor'easter to bring NYC heavy rain, damaging winds, flooding

March is certainly starting off coming in like a lion as the saying often goes. The rest of the region could see 2 to 4 inches of rain.

Sarah Moran, a 59-year-old mother of six, was fretting whether her family's oceanfront home in Scituate, Massachusetts, south of Boston, would survive the storm.

A powerful nor'easter will pass to the south of New England on Friday, bringing high winds and coastal flooding to southern Maine.

"The heavy rain and snow expected will further saturate the ground and weaken trees, leaving them susceptible to come down in high winds", Mike Hayhurst, vice president of electric operations for Eversource Energy, which owns utilities in New England.

So let's break down the impacts one at a time, starting with the rain.

Heavy snow and strong winds already had caused power outages upstate, Cuomo said late Friday morning.

Snow will be an issue for some areas later Friday and Friday night.

"If you are in one of these typically affected areas (by flooding), do not ride out the storm in your home if you're told to evacuate", Baker said at a press conference yesterday.

Doppler radar image showing the storm move into the greater Boston area early Friday morning.




Winds are expected to reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service had coastal flood watches and warnings in place from southern ME through coastal North Carolina, including New York's eastern suburbs, and also warned that a snowstorm heading east from the Ohio Valley could drop significant amounts of snow in northern New York State. For this reason the Glacier region has been put under a winter weather advisory starting this afternoon and lasting through Saturday morning.

Major coastal cities in the Northeast will get rain, with little to no snow accumulation forecast. The West Coast is getting hit too.

The National Weather Service says Buffalo had received more than 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow by 7 a.m. Friday, a record for March 2. "The snowfall is expected to be a heavy and wet consistency given surface temperatures near to above freezing", NWS said. "By the time the storm system departs Friday night, snowfall of one to two feet is expected across portions of western NY into the Catskills with six to twelve inches possible into the higher terrain of New England". The Rochester area was closing in on a foot of snow.

- It's not just the East Coast that's getting hammered.

When Might We See Snow?

Along the shore, strong winds and large waves will batter the coast and lead to some tidal flooding Friday into Saturday.

There will be some structural damage along the immediate coast and quite a bit of beach erosion over the next couple of days.

Some leftover snow showers and flurries Friday night will give way to some clearing by the weekend, with the blustery winds the only element of our storm lingering as the ocean low slowly exits stage right and out to sea.

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