The powerful storm could be one of the strongest nor'easters on record for October. If the storm strengthens in the next 24 hours, it could be classified as a meteorological "bomb."
Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and other coastal states in the Northeast could see as much as 3 inches of rain beginning Wednesday.
The storm is expected to organize in the Southeast late Tuesday and move up the coast and strike New York City by Wednesday evening.
"A very strong coastal storm is expected to impact the Northeast Wednesday into Wednesday night, including areas from Washington DC to Boston. This storm will rapidly strengthen off the Mid-Atlantic coast, and move northward into southern New England into Wednesday night. This will produce 1 to 3 inches of rainfall from southeast Pennsylvania to Boston along with wind gusts 30-50mph. This will promote rough ocean waters, coastal flooding, and isolated power outages and downed trees, particularly nearer the coastline. Localized flooding is also expected thanks to high rainfall rates, especially Wednesday afternoon and night. This storm will slowly move away Thursday," stated Ed Vallee, head meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting.