Cold snap to sweep eastern US coast on Sunday night

Wind and rain forecast to hit Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York overnight and into Monday

Surge of cold air is set to move into the western United States on Sunday night, bringing torrential rain and coastal winds to the northeast, where officials have issued flood warnings and high winds warnings.

The wind is part of a large storm that is crossing central and eastern Canada over the next 24 hours, bringing a chill to the Great Lakes, through Wisconsin and Illinois, parts of the Mississippi River valley, and across much of the mid-west, the National Weather Service said.

A low pressure system is expected to sweep up the north and northeastern US coast on Sunday night, bringing severe thunderstorms and wind gusts to cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia and New York.

The storm will weaken in the Atlantic but strengthen across Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York into Monday morning, according to the weather service.

A flood warning for Connecticut, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, including New York City, was in effect from 11am to 3am ET (1900 GMT to 1800 GMT) and a high wind warning was in effect from Sunday evening to Monday morning.

Gusts of up to 60mph are expected, including higher gusts where a coastal storm surge is present, the weather service said.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to stay clear of high-risk coastal areas as the storm gathered intensity.

“If you live in a coastal area, I strongly encourage you to move inside to a warm and dry place where you can take shelter from the strong winds,” he said in a news release.

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