Nor’easter set to slam East Coast with high winds, heavy snow and powerful waves

Vastavam web: March will roar in like a lion in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Friday and Saturday as a potent storm delivers a ferocious mix of howling winds, drenching rain, heavy snow and powerful waves.Power outages, coastal flooding, damaging wind gusts and flight delays are all likely as the nor’easter explodes off the New England coast.High wind warnings and watches are in effect all the way from northern Georgia to southern Maine, a distance of about 900 miles.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker activated 200 National Guard members to help with the storm, the Associated Press reported.“We’re expecting to see more severe flooding issues here than we did in the Jan. 4 storm,” when a Nor’easter lashed the region with heavy snow and rain, he told the AP.”There will be the potential for severe damage to homes and other structures close to the water from the combination of high water and severe wave action,” said Weather Channel winter weather expert Tom Niziol. The storm is expected to undergo explosive development known as bombogenesis, which is a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure of 24 millibars or more in a period of 24 hours or less, the Weather Channel said.The storm will be the most powerful to hit the East since January’s bomb cyclone, AccuWeather said.Up to 2 feet of heavy, wet snow could bury portions of New York and Pennsylvania. Strong winds are likely Friday afternoon and evening, and whiteout conditions are possible, the weather service said.

The West is also getting in on the wild weather action. A separate strong storm will bring snow and rain to the western USA later Thursday and into Friday. Authorities warned motorists to stay off Northern California mountain roads. The storm was forecast to bring heavy snowfall, powerful winds and torrential rains Thursday, the AP said.The forecast says more than 6 six feet of snow will fall in the highest elevations of the Sierra.