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The first rain from the systems moving into the Northeast started falling Thursday evening in places such as downtown Philadelphia, Pa.
msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 10/15/2010 11:43:16 AM ET 2010-10-15T15:43:16

Strong winds, heavy rain and even snow moved into the Northeast on Friday, with the weather expected to get worse for evening commutes and overnight.

By late Friday morning, flights into La Guardia and Newark airports were being delayed by more than an hour due to the wind and rain.

Killington, Vt., had five inches of snow Friday morning and other areas above 4,000 feet saw the white stuff as well, Jim Cantore of weather.com reported for MSNBC. By the time the storm blows through on Sunday, he added, some Vermont and New Hampshire mountains could see 16 inches of snow.

Forecasters say two low pressure systems will combine to create a strong nor'easter covering most of the northeastern half of the nation, stretching from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes.

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The system will pull moisture and energy in from the Atlantic Ocean, kicking up winds up to 50 mph and rainfall ranging between 1 to 3 inches in most areas.

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The winds were expected to strip many trees of their fall foliage and even down some, raising the possibility of power outages due to fallen power lines.

Some snow may develop at high elevations of the interior regions. A winter storm watch is in effect for most of Friday. Elevations above 2,000 feet are likely to see snow, or a combination of rain and snow, and will most likely be contained to northern New York and the extreme Northeast.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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