'Winter Storm Athena' Begins To Slam Northeast

11/07/2012 03:44 pm ET | Updated Nov 07, 2012
  • Craig Kanalley Senior Editor, Big News & Live Events, The Huffington Post

Snow, rain and sleet are falling in parts of the Northeast as a nor'easter sweeps up parts of the coast.

The storm system, which is being dubbed "Winter Storm Athena" by The Weather Channel, is expected to bring wind gusts over 35 mph and up to 6 inches of snow. Coastal flooding is also possible, as the storm affects areas still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, the Baltimore Sun notes.

The station says it named the storm due to its expected impact from Wednesday into Thursday morning in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey. However, the National Weather Service (NWS) says it's staying clear of giving the storm a name.

TWC HAS NAMED THE NOR'EASTER "ATHENA.." THE NWS DOES NOT USE NAME WINTER STORMS IN OUR PRODUCTS. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM USING THE TERM ATHENA IN ANY OF OUR PRODUCTS.

Photos of the nor'easter's impact are popping up on social media. One of the main hashtags being used on Twitter is #Athena.

Noreaster Slams East Coast

11/07/2012 8:23 PM EST

Station Reports 2.8 Inches Of Snow In Central Park

@ breakingstorm :

Observation station reporting 2.8 inches of snow in Central Park - @breakingweather

11/07/2012 7:40 PM EST

'Waffles Falling Out Of The Sky'

@ weatherchannel :

"We've got waffles falling out of the sky right now." - @JimCantore on the huge snowflakes falling in Trenton, NJ now. #Athena

11/07/2012 7:00 PM EST

LIRR Service Suspended

@ TWC_Shawn :

BREAKING NOW: Long Island Railroad service is suspended systemwide due to weather #Athena

11/07/2012 7:00 PM EST

Wind Gusts Dying Down

@ WSJweather :

As the #noreaster begins to really make some snow, wind gusts are dying down a bit. Atmosphere is becoming more "mixed" = less gusty.

11/07/2012 6:43 PM EST

Snow Accumulates In Uptown Manhattan

11/07/2012 6:25 PM EST

40,000 Lose Power

@ breakingstorm :

More than 40,000 Long Island, New York, customers lose power in nor'easter - @newsday http://t.co/QNGUBAz4

11/07/2012 6:18 PM EST

Staying Safe With Generators

@ NYGovCuomo :

Pls make sure you're staying warm safely tonight: Tips on avoiding dangerous exposure to Carbon Monoxide: http://t.co/dGFWQ2yL #silentkiller

11/07/2012 6:09 PM EST

More Than 7 Inches Of Snow In Connecticut

11/07/2012 6:06 PM EST

Coastal Flooding In Massachusetts

@ JimCantore :

Nantucket, MA spotter reports COASTAL FLOOD at 05:34 PM EST -- 6 inches of water overwashing Easy Street .#MAwx

11/07/2012 5:58 PM EST

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