Submitted by ub on Fri, 10/28/2011 - 19:12

Mother nature will have more of a trick than a treat for us with slick streets this weekend as an unusual October storm will bring heavy rain, snow, wind and some coastal flooding throughout the area this weekend.

A major early-season winter storm is expected tonight into Saturday as an area of low pressure tracks up the East Coast, bringing the possibility of significant snowfall from the central Appalachians into southern New England beginning Friday night. Winter Storm Watches in effect for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including the extreme northern and western suburbs of the Washington, D.C., metro area. Total snowfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches are forecast from the higher terrain of Virginia and West Virginia northeastward through eastern Pennsylvania, with a band of 8 to 10 inches possible from extreme northern Maryland northeastward through northern New Jersey and into western Massachusetts. Lighter snow accumulations are possible for the major cities of the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, including Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York city

This winter storm warning is now in effect for counties in our area, including northern Westchester, Rockland, Passaic, Orange and Putnam counties. Up to 10 inches is expected in some parts of the area, while New York City is predicted to see less than 1 inch.