Powerful storm to dump heavy rain before bringing high wind to the region

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 1, 2018 2:03 PM

FILE PHOTO: A woman walks in the snow Thursday, March 5, 2015, during a winter storm in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Philadelphia) -- A powerful nor'easter is expected to bring heavy rain, high wind and even some whiteout snow conditions around the midstate in the coming days.

According to the National Weather Service, rain will start this afternoon in most places and is expected to get heavier overnight.

A high wind watch will go into effect tonight through tomorrow evening in several counties: Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill and York.

Tomorrow morning, rain and snow is expected with up to inch of snow forecast in Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and Union counties.  The snow could cause whiteout conditions with the high winds.

By Friday afternoon, the storm will usher in high winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph near Lancaster, and up to 50 mph in suburban Philadelphia and Allentown.

Communities from Pittsburgh east to Philadelphia and the Poconos are also likely to be affected.

On Saturday, flooding is the big concern along the coasts.

Pittsburgh is also under a flood advisory, and the same storm is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to a swath of western Pennsylvania from today and into the weekend.

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