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 to 65 mph. The force of the wind will shove 20- to 30-foot waves against the coast causing flooding and beach erosion. The high winds will also cause minor structural damage, and some trees will be knocked down.

Eastern New England will be in the warm sector of the storm and will be spared any heavy snow accumulation. However, it will rain pretty hard Thursday afternoon into Thursday night.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.