Nor'easter storm threatens U.S. East Coast with snow, winds

By Daniel Uria  |  March 11, 2017 at 12:16 PM
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March 11 (UPI) -- A nor'easter storm is expected to bring heavy snowfall along the eastern United States from Boston to Washington D.C. in the next day or so, forecasters said.

The winter storm may bring the Northeast's biggest snowfall of the season as it makes its way down the East Coast in two parts.

A patch of snow will fall along the Midwest and the South this weekend before it strengthens rapidly and increases the potential of a nor'easter that will bring heavy snowfall to the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued for parts of western North Carolina in preparation for heavy snowfall.

Other parts of the country including northwestern Virginia to northern Maryland, central and eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, central and southeastern New York and a large part of New England may see snowfall up to 6 inches.

"A widespread snowfall of 6 inches is likely with localized amounts over 12 inches in the Northeast," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.

Wind gusts can potentially reach as strong as 40 miles per hour at the height of the storm, creating potential blizzard conditions.

Strong winds may also topple trees and power line presenting the possibility of power outages in some areas.

Tides may also rise up to two feet above normal levels, causing rough surf and beach erosion along the coast from Virginia to Maine and possible beach erosion.

The heavy snow and winds may cause road blockages as well as airline delays, making travel in the affected areas difficult.

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