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First Major Nor'easter in Two Years to Bring Snow and Ice to East Coast

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After nearly two snowless winters along the I-95 corridor, the first significant nor'easter in over 24 months is set to arrive in the Northeast this weekend.

The major winter storm will bring heavy snow, freezing rain, ice and gusty winds to cities from Washington D.C. to Boston, resulting in hazardous travel conditions and potential power outages.

This cross-country system will originate in the Southwest on Thursday before tracking eastward, dumping heavy rain and triggering thunderstorms across the Gulf Coast.

As colder air gets drawn into the storm's circulation, precipitation will change over to snow Friday night into Saturday from the Appalachians to the eastern seaboard.

The greatest snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches are forecast across interior New England, where blizzard conditions are possible Friday night through Saturday. The major metro areas along I-95 from New York City to Boston may pick up 3 to 6 inches of snow.

Areas farther south, including Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C., are expected to start as snow before transitioning to a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain, resulting in icy roadways.

Coastal flooding is also a concern with the storm, as gusty easterly winds may lead to minor to moderate flooding along eastern-facing shorelines. Travel is discouraged this weekend as whiteout conditions are likely across the interior Northeast.

Preparations should be made for extended power outages from downed trees and power lines weighed down by heavy snow and ice accumulations.


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