Powerful Nor’easter to Hit East Coast With Snow, Rain, Wind

Waves crash into a seawall and buildings along the coast in Hull, Mass., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. A high-wind warning is in effect in the state until Wednesday night, with gusts of up to 60 mph expected in some costal areas, and 50 mph gusts expected for Boston and western Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

A powerful, windswept nor’easter is headed to the Northeast to kick off the volatile month of March. Damaging winds, moderate to major coastal flooding, rain and snowfall are in the mix, CBS Boston reports

For the first time since a blizzard hit the region in early January, New England will see “bombogenesis” — signifying an intense and rapidly deepening storm.

In Pennsylvania, heavy rain, high wind and even some whiteout snow conditions are expected in the coming days. The National Weather Service says communities from Pittsburgh east to Philadelphia and the Poconos will be affected.

High winds and flood watches have been issued around New Jersey.

Here’s how the storm looks as of Thursday morning:

Rainfall

The storm has the potential to produce a drenching, flooding rainfall for a good portion of southern New England, where late Friday morning through Friday evening, the rain will come down in torrents. A widespread 1-3 inches of rain is likely in many areas, causing severe street flooding. Some rivers may also approach or crest over their banks on Friday and in the days following.

In Pennsylvania, rain will start Thursday afternoon in most places and is expected to get heavier overnight. On Friday afternoon, the storm will usher in high winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph near Lancaster, and up to 50 mph in suburban Philadelphia and Allentown. Rain could turn to snow in parts of the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos, causing whiteout conditions with the high winds.

Pittsburgh is also under a flood advisory, and the same storm is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to a swath of western Pennsylvania from Thursday and into the weekend.

On Saturday, flooding is the big concern along the coasts.

High winds and flood watches have been issued around New Jersey, where most rains will begin Thursday afternoon, getting heavier in the evening. The storm will then usher in a wet and windy Friday, with gusts of up to 60 mph in Jersey Shore communities. Warning signs are posted at Wildwood beaches and some residents are already boarding up their homes there.

Power outages are also a concern for coastal areas. The National Weather Service says flooding is possible Saturday. Waves of up to 12 feet are in the forecast at the shore in New Jersey. Officials say Thursday’s dry morning and afternoon hours are a good time for folks to get supplies and batten down the hatches.

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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press