A 'bomb cyclone' storm is about to blast the east coast

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A band of heavy rain showers moved across north and central Alabama this morning, producing high winds in a few spots.

As this storm will be slow to exit, its impacts will continue to be felt on Saturday.

Aaron said the snow is expected to mix with rain, making it heavy. As such, flood advisories have been issued along the Atlantic coast, stretching all the way from Portland, Maine to Virginia Beach. Another chance of rain or snow arrives by the middle of the week around Tuesday night and Wednesday.

This powerful storm will bring high winds that could reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (113 km/h) throughout Friday, affecting coastal areas from New York City to Boston, along with wet snow and heavy rain, The Weather Channel reported.

There is also a high wind watch for coastal communities.

The National Weather Service says all of Rhode Island will be under flood and high wind watches from Friday to Sunday morning.

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Inland New England is more likely to get snow, with a foot possible in upstate NY and western MA.

High tide in Hampton is at 11:04 p.m. Thursday and 11:21 a.m. and 11:52 p.m. Friday. Dubbed "winter storm Riley" by The Weather Channel, the storm is expected to begin in some areas as early as Thursday evening before it makes a full appearance Friday and into Saturday.

One to 2 inches of rain is expected from Philly to New York City.

After the changeover, snowfall totals may range from 6 to 10 inches in the Litchfield Hills, 2 to 5 inches in northeastern CT and a slushy 1 to 2 inches for the rest of the state.

Remember: Flooding can still occur near rivers and creeks after the rain stops locally as rain water is deposited upstream.

Six states are bracing for the strongest storm of the year for the West - and specifically for California.

Rain will develop Thursday night becoming heavy as the night progresses. These areas are especially susceptible to debris flow and mudslides.

The storm will be the most powerful to hit the East since January's bomb cyclone, AccuWeather said. If you're under the heaviest bands it will be a wet, pasty snow that accumulates.

"Due to the size and breadth of the evacuation area, we will not be able to notify everyone in person", Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown warned residents at a news conference hours before landfall, according to NBC Los Angeles.