Weather alerts issued across US as winter storm expected to hit East Coast

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The weather alerts have been issued across the United States as a winter storm is forecast to hit the East Coast.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), winter storm warnings have been issued in states including New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The NWS had warned Friday of heavy snow and severe ice from Maryland to Maine.

“For the interior Mid-Atlantic and New England, there is increasing confidence in heavy snowfall Saturday afternoon through Sunday,” the NWS said Friday. “The greatest uncertainty in the rain-snow transition is from southeastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey to southern New England.”

“The combination of heavy, wet snow and gusty winds in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts may cause some power outages and tree damage,” he added. “Strong onshore winds may cause minor flooding along the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts, particularly during the Sunday morning high tide cycle.”

Despite heavy snowfall in other areas, cities such as Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia were not forecast to receive significant snow. Instead, they were forecast to receive rain and sleet due to high temperatures.

The East Coast, however, is not the only area facing winter storm warnings, according to the NWS. States like New Mexico, Washington and Oregon also face their own winter storm warnings.

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