PHILADELPHIA — A powerful nor’easter is expected to bring heavy rain, high wind and even some whiteout snow conditions around Pennsylvania in coming days.

The National Weather Service says communities from Pittsburgh east to Philadelphia and the Poconos will be affected.

Rain will start Thursday afternoon in most places and is expected to get heavier overnight. On Friday afternoon, the storm will usher in high winds, with gusts of up to 60 mph near Lancaster, and up to 50 mph in suburban Philadelphia and Allentown. Rain could turn to snow in parts of the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos, causing whiteout conditions with the high winds.

On Saturday, flooding is the big concern along the coasts.

Pittsburgh is also under a flood advisory, and the same storm is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to a swath of western Pennsylvania from Thursday and into the weekend.

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