According to Weather.com
, heavy rains will begin to fall across the east coast from the Carolinas to New England with one to four inches of rainfall expected.
Inland areas are anticipated to see some, for many regions, unusual heavy springtime snow. Weather.com said, "Heavy snow will develop Sunday night and Monday from western New York to West Virginia, where some totals could eventually top 1-2 feet."
Some areas of western and central Pennsylvania are expected to see the bulk of this substantial snowfall, according to some weather forecast maps.
notes the storm will head into the Northeastern U.S. late Sunday with substantial rains and continue into Monday, with some areas seeing significant accumulations of snowfall. The Washington D.C. area began to see some rain earlier this morning.
The high winds, in some areas on the coast expected to experience in excess of 50 mph, are anticipated to begin late Sunday, enduring into Monday.
The storm is expected to begin to lose strength on Monday night, but will then head into Canada. Earthsky
reported areas of eastern Ontario and Quebec may see snow and freezing rain from this storm. CTV News
reported areas included in the snow alert are Kingston, Ottawa, Peterborough, Hamilton and Toronto.
This storm follows an unseasonably warm winter where many east coast U.S. states have already seen 80 and 90 degree Fahrenheit temperatures.
This isn't the first major storm front that has impacted the east coast in April. In 1997, the East Coast experienced a massive ice storm on Apr. 1, (dubbed the April Fool's Day storm
) which, for some regions took out electricity for up to a week and left hundreds of thousands of people without power during this time.
Warnings are being sent out today advising people to stock up on emergency supplies as tree limbs and power lines are at risk due to the high winds expected, and electricity for many regions may be knocked out.