An intense nor'easter will produce strong gales along the New England coast from Thursday afternoon into early Friday. During the height of the storm, winds will average 30 to 40 mph with gusts of 65 mph possible. The force of the wind will shove 20- to 30-foot waves against the coast, causing flooding and beach erosion. The strong onshore winds could also create a minor storm surge in some areas. The high winds will also cause minor structural damage, and some trees will be knocked down. As a result, be prepared for scattered power outages into Friday morning.

Eastern New England will be in the warm sector of the storm and will be spared any heavy snow accumulation. However, there will be a heavy, wind-driven rain Thursday afternoon into Thursday night.

Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Adam Douty.