(NEW YORK) — The winter snowstorm that tormented the Midwest has become a major, slow-moving nor’easter that has already brought snow, coastal flooding and whipping winds to the Northeast.
Parts of the New Jersey coastline were already underwater Wednesday night, which prompted voluntary evacuations in Toms River and Brick while the Shrewsbury River flooded local streets in Sea Bright, according to ABC News affiliate WABC-TV.
Overnight, the highest wind gust recorded off New Jersey was 71 mph, and 30 to 50 mph winds are expected to last until Friday morning, which could bring 13-foot waves just offshore.
The high winds are expected to bring down power lines as more than 2,000 people are without power in New Jersey as of 4 a.m., WABC reported.
Overnight, snow started to fall in parts of Long Island. New York City is expecting a snowy, rainy mix with a chilly wind on Thursday, with another round of snow in the forecast Thursday night.
New York City is expected to get up to 3 inches of snow by the time the storm system moves out Friday morning, with some higher storm total amounts possible on eastern Long Island. Boston may see 2 to 4 inches, with higher totals inland where a winter storm warning has been issued from Worcester to just north of Providence.
Winter warnings are posted in seven Northeast states. The biggest snowfall totals will come Friday, and parts of New England could see more than 6 inches of snow.
More than 440 flights have been canceled for Thursday, according to FlightAware.com. New York’s LaGuardia Airport has the most cancellations, followed by Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
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Tom Kludt and Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Oren Liebermann, CNN
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