Storm to wallop portions of Massachusetts, Maine

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — Heavy snow and bruising winds are expected to wallop southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Maine as a storm moves up the Atlantic coast.

The storm began heading up the Interstate 95 corridor Tuesday, dropping snowflakes onto Washington, D.C.'s budding cherry trees and dusting government buildings in northern Virginia before moving on.

The biggest impact is expected Wednesday when 5 to 10 inches of snow is forecast for Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. On Maine's eastern tip, Hancock and Washington counties could get 8 to 16 inches of snow.

Blizzard warnings are in effect in both states. The National Weather Service warns of coastal flooding and significant beach erosion along the Massachusetts coast and wind gusts causing scattered power outages in portions of eastern Maine.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.