Powerful nor'easter packing rain, snow, high winds


At the Portland International Jetport, 20 arrivals and 22 departures were listed as canceled Friday, largely reflecting more severe storm conditions at other northeastern airports - like those in NY and Philadelphia - where the flights would have been coming and going from.

"It's not snow, it's rain, but the rain and the wind, at the rates that we're going to deal with it, mixed with potentially snow in the afternoon, could create some really challenging issues for all of us", Baker said.

Thursday: Mild. Sunshine dominates, with some clouds rolling in later. Parts of eastern Long Island and eastern MA could get up to 5 inches of rain through Saturday.

Three inches of rain fell from OR to Northern California with reports of flooding in the San Francisco Bay area. In other areas of MA, rain may change over to heavy wet snow Friday evening. "Likely flooding will take place through three tide cycles from late Friday morning into Saturday afternoon". Some poor drainage flooding can still result, but flooding will be less widespread than areas farther north and east.

"But to the south, predictions of heavy rain Friday brought fears of more flooding in area hit by last December's firestorms, particularly in Montecito, where mudslides in January killed more than 20 people".

More than 700,000 homes and businesses were without power across the region, with the largest number of outages in NY, utilities said.

One of the biggest challenges of the forecast is the changeover to wet snow, both timing it and determines how much will accumulate.

Winds are expected to reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour.

Heavy flooding creates dangerous road conditions in Duxbury Massachusetts
Heavy flooding creates dangerous road conditions in Duxbury Massachusetts

He added that it is hard to predict where the storm will take its heaviest toll.

And in the United Kingdom, winter storm Doris rapidly intensified, too, causing damage as well. Don't be surprised if you see some snow or sleet as well. The same storm system brought heavy snow to Detroit and eastern MI, where 4 to 8 inches of snow has accumulated.

Accumulations were lower in eastern parts of the state, but the heavy mix of snow and rain made traveling hazardous, especially in the high-elevation areas like the Catskill Mountains.

That wet snow, combined with these strong wind gusts likely means power disruption is likely.

Lopresti wrote that the full moon will help bring about three particularly high astronomical high tides, topping 10 feet at each 11:07 a.m. Friday, 11:38 p.m. Friday and 11:57 a.m. Saturday.

Accumulating snow may lead to slippery roads particularly on bridges, exit ramps and overpasses, and light to moderate snow will cause reductions of visibility to less than one mile, with rapid fluctuations of visibility possible. Beach erosion will also be a concern up and down the coast as well.

As the storm gradually pulls away from the East Coast this weekend the damaging winds will slowly lessen. Highs in the mid-40s.

The storm winds down Saturday night and it becomes partly cloudy for Sunday. Rain becoming steadier overnight with lows in the mid to upper 30's. Another chance of rain or snow arrives by the middle of the week around Tuesday night and Wednesday.

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