A storm set to dump heavy, wet snow on millions of people in the Northeast will also scream with high winds in coastal and some inland areas this weekend.
While far from the worst windstorm ever, this screamer will knock out power, down trees and cause damage in New England, New York, New Jersey, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The storm that will likely break records for October snowfall in New England and the mid-Atlantic will spawn its share of strong winds as it strengthens rapidly over the region.
When we gaze at satellite photos and examine winds during this nor'easter, it may resemble a minimal hurricane or strong tropical storm, complete with an eye developing off the New England shore.
A satellite photo of a nor'easter along the New England coast March 1, 2010. Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
As the storm "bombs out" near Cape Cod Saturday afternoon and evening, sustained winds in that area will increase to 20-40 mph (30-65 kph), but peak gusts can reach 65 mph (105 kph). Areas on eastern Long Island and in Nova Scotia/southeastern New Brunswick may also experience winds close to this strength.
Areas from coastal New Jersey and the lower Delaware Bay northward to the New York Metropolitan area to Boston, interior Maine and New Brunswick will experience 15- to 30-mph (25- to 50-kph) sustained winds with gusts to 50 mph (80 kph).
Winds will shift around from northeast to north, and then northwest as the storm approaches and moves by the region spanning Saturday and Saturday night.
Even in areas that receive little or no snow, the force of the wind on fully leafed trees standing in saturated soil will lead to falling timber.
This could end up being worse than Irene in terms of downed trees and power outages, because winds will be stronger over a larger area.
Trees and limbs can crash down on power lines, houses, vehicles and passing pedestrians. Avoid wooded areas and tree-lined streets during this storm.
People located in areas to be hit by this storm either with snow, rain, wind, or all three may want to have a contingency plan in place in case the power goes out for an extended period of time.
While lacking across a large part of the United States on Christmas Day, arctic air is set to make a comeback during the final days of 2014.
Ski areas will welcome the fresh power that will blanket mountains from the Alps and Apennines into the Balkans.
A storm will spread rain and disruptive snow across southeast Europe Sunday into Monday.
As snow winds down over the Central states during the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Day, a new storm will ramp up over the Northwest and will lead to travel disruptions.
There is the risk of flooding from Louisiana to Alabama this weekend, while rain may lead to travel delays in a large part of the South and spotty rain and snow reach the Northeast.
As the year comes to a close and people prepare to celebrate the start of 2015, many will be bundling up as cold weather stretches from coast to coast.
Amarillo, TX (2000)
20.2" of snow - the all time 24 hour December record.
Tennessee's heaviest snow since 1843: McMinnville 14"; Memphis 8.5".
Long Branch, NJ (1913)
70 mph winds during a huge coastal storm.