The blizzard slamming the Northeast through tonight will kick up vigorous winds across the region. The most powerful winds with gusts roaring as high as 50 mph will lash eastern Maryland northward into the coastal areas of southern New England.

The wind will lead to blowing and drifting snow. Visibilities could drop to near zero in spots as the tempests whip up the snow. Meanwhile, drifts could pile as deep as 4 feet in some locations, which will greatly hinder clean-up efforts. Power outages could also ensue from the blustery conditions.

Strong winds will also blast places down to the Carolinas. Wind gusts will reach 50 mph in Raleigh, N.C., and Roanoke, Va. Locally higher wind gusts will occur, especially in the Appalachian Mountains. Residents should prepare for possible power outages and tree damage.

Story by Meteorologist Katie Storbeck.