Blizzard Warnings Issued For Most Of Northeast Coast

Axios reports:

Blizzard warnings are in effect from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a powerful and potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

The storm will bring an array of hazards, from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten coastal property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

The storm is expected to rapidly intensify as it moves from the coastal Carolinas on Friday to a position south-southeast of Cape Cod on Saturday. A total of 46 million people were under some form of winter storm warnings as of Friday morning.

The Weather Channel reports:

Heavy snow, high winds and coastal flooding will hammer southern and eastern New England and Long Island. Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour are expected in the most intense snowbands over eastern New England.

This snow will gradually diminish in Long Island and southern New England Saturday night, but will continue in Maine and parts of New Hampshire. At least moderate to locally heavy snowfall will also fall from the New York City tri-state into the Delmarva Peninsula and Virginia Tidewater before diminishing Saturday afternoon.

Poor visibility from blowing snow is expected where accumulating snow overlaps with the stronger winds along the East Coast. Blizzard conditions are most likely in areas under blizzard warnings.