A powerful East Coast storm will clobber the mid-Atlantic region later Friday into Saturday. Heavy snow from western North Carolina to southern New Jersey will cause a serious disruption of travel. Roads will turn icy and snow covered, and major airports such as Dulles and Baltimore-Washington International will have lengthy flight delays. Snow accumulations from central Virginia to Delaware will be as much as 10 or 12 inches.
Along the coast, there will be strong gales, major coastal flooding and beach erosion. Friday night into Saturday, winds from Cape Hatteras to Atlantic City may exceed 50 miles per hour at times. This storm will hit the same portion of the coast that was devastated by strong winds and flooding back in November.
How much snow will fall in New York City and southern New England remains uncertain at this time. Our latest snowfall forecast is for significantly lower amounts, but that idea might have to be scrapped. Storms that become as strong as this one will often spread heavy precipitation farther north than expected.
We've go another day to figure that one out. In the meantime, plan on a big snow through the mid-Atlantic region beginning later Friday.
Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist John Kocet