Millions of people on the East Coast could see severe weather conditions and hard-hitting storms this weekend, according to weather analysts, with some storms in the Northeast bringing snowfall on Monday.
Snow and flood alerts are already in effect in states in the northeast, including in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Maine. High wind watches are also in effect for portions of Maine and Massachusetts.
Those in the Southeast are also expected to see severe weather on Saturday, which could see storms stretch 1,200 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border.
Strong winds and rain are expected to develop along the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts late Sunday and into Monday, with 50-70 mph gusts possible near the coast. But the rain could change to snow in the interior Northeast while rain wraps up along the East Coast.
“Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for drivers of high profile vehicles,” the National Weather Service said. “Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle.”
Experts also warn that the wide-reaching storm could disrupt travel in the air due to high-power winds that could cause delays across more than a dozen states.
A few thunderstorms could become severe on Sunday in the Southeast, with an area from Florida to Virginia the most likely to endure the more severe thunderstorms. Wind gusts will be the primary danger with the storms, but an isolated tornado is also possible.
Most of the storms are expected to die down by Monday afternoon and move off of the East Coast. However, on Monday night, strong winds and cold conditions are still possible in New England.