/Noreaster to bring first snow of season to major Northeast cities

Noreaster to bring first snow of season to major Northeast cities

A new storm system will develop in the Gulf Coast later on Wednesday and track along the East Coast Thursday into Friday bringing flooding rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain from the South into the Northeast.

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There are 16 states from Arkansas to New York that are under watches and warnings on Wednesday.

PHOTO: Winter weather alerts are in place across much of the Ohio Valley, Midwest and Northeast, while the Southeast could see flooding rain.ABC News
Winter weather alerts are in place across much of the Ohio Valley, Midwest and Northeast, while the Southeast could see flooding rain.

This new storm will develop and gather strength Wednesday night in the eastern Gulf Coast and spread heavy rain into Georgia and Tennessee — with snow and ice into the Ohio Valley.

PHOTO: The storm will be developing in the eastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday night.ABC News
The storm will be developing in the eastern Gulf Coast on Wednesday night.

The storm system will move near the Southeast coast on Thursday morning and bring heavy rain to Georgia and the Carolinas, where flooding could be an issue.

Snow, rain and freezing rain are possible further inland in the southern Appalachian Mountains and into the Ohio Valley.

PHOTO: Rain will fall in the Carolinas, while a snow and rain mix is possible in the Ohio Valley on Thursday morning.ABC News
Rain will fall in the Carolinas, while a snow and rain mix is possible in the Ohio Valley on Thursday morning.

By Thursday afternoon snow reaches the mid-Atlantic and the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to New York City. Several hours of heavy snow is possible.

The snow will change to sleet and rain for the I-95 corridor with just a few inches possible.

Inland areas from Pennsylvania into western New York and the Hudson Valley and New England will stay cold enough for snow, sleet and freezing rain to continue. Significant accumulations of snow and ice are expected.

PHOTO: Snow will move into the Northeast on Thursday night.ABC News
Snow will move into the Northeast on Thursday night.

Some areas in the Northeast and the Appalachians will see more than half a foot of snow.

From Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City the totals will mostly be around 1 inch, while just west and north of the major cities there could be up to 3 to 4 inches. Boston will see 1 to 2 inches, but areas west of the city could see closer to 3 inches or more.

PHOTO: Snowfall totals will be highest in the Appalachians and northern New England.ABC News
Snowfall totals will be highest in the Appalachians and northern New England.