'Winter Storm Athena' Begins To Slam Northeast

'Winter Storm Athena' Begins Impacting Northeast
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A pedestrian walks along Broad Street through a nor'easter, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Philadelphia. The storm was expected to bring a combination of wind-blown snow, sleet and freezing rain to eastern Pennsylvania later Wednesday and into Thursday morning, with snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches possible, the National Weather Service said. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
A pedestrian walks along Broad Street through a nor'easter, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in Philadelphia. The storm was expected to bring a combination of wind-blown snow, sleet and freezing rain to eastern Pennsylvania later Wednesday and into Thursday morning, with snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches possible, the National Weather Service said. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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.

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