Winter Storm: Nor'easter Brings Snow, Rain to East Coast

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Winter Storm: Nor'easter Brings Snow, Rain to East Coast
Winter Storm: Nor'easter Brings Snow, Rain to East Coast (ABC News)

A strong storm system is moving up the East Coast this morning as it pounded the region with cold temperatures, rain, wind and up to a foot of snow in some areas.

"West of the I-95 corridor, that's where we expect the heaviest snows to develop today, through Saturday night and Sunday, said Bruce Sullivan from the National Weather Service.

The rare October Nor'easter is expected to hit at least 10 states from North Carolina to Maine.

Inland communities are expected to bear the brunt of the storm with heavy wet snow forecast to fall starting in the afternoon from Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

High lying regions could get between 10 and 12 inches of thick snow.

Sullivan said heavy snows in the fall can reek havoc.

"The real concern we have for this very heavy wet snow that'll be falling on a lot of trees that haven't lost their leaves yet. And that could certainly cause a lot of downed tree limbs, resulting in some widespread power outages," he said.

Major cities up and down the coast can expect to see a chilly rain on this morning that changes to snow in the evening.

The storm has the potential to be the biggest October storm in New York City history, according to senior meteorologist Paul Walker.

"The record for snow in October for New York City is .8 inches set on Oct. 30, 1925," said Walker. "This has the possibility to beat that."

Communities Prepare

In Rockland County, N.Y., Clarkstown Highway Superintendent Wayne Ballard said this time of year, his crews are usually busy with leaf pickup, but now, they're getting the plows ready.

"If the temperatures drop below freezing, we can get some black ice or we can get some accumulation, so that's what we're going to be watching," Ballard said.

Rockland County resident Anne Arenstein isn't pleased.

"I don't want it. It is too early, and I'm not looking forward to it at all," she said.

But for Beth Brenner who was visiting friends in Rockland County Friday, she said she's looking forward to the storm.

"I live in California, on the coast, so it'll be exciting for me to see the snow," Brenner said.

ABC News' Max Golembo, ABC News Radio and The Associated Press contributed to this report.