TODAY   |  March 08, 2013

Severe winter storm causing coastal flooding

As a storm continues to dump snow on the East Coast up into New England, coastal areas are battling flooding and several flights are grounded. TODAY’s Al Roker reports.

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>> the northeast today. dumping a wintry mix across much of the region.

>> al is outside, tracking the snow for us. good morning.

>> good morning, lester and savannah. in the city, not a big problem. but as you get away from the new york city area, it's getting a lot worse. this is in massachusetts . they've had a lot of flooding. the eastern half of massachusetts , a lot of schools closed or delayed openings. you can see they've got flood concerns, coastal flooding concerns. and the airports are a big problem, all the way from boston to laguardia, the snow coming down. there will be delays just to deice the planes, keeping things as clear as possible. we'll continue to track that. let's show you what it looks like right now as far as this storm system is concerned. it is just coming off the coast now. so, here are the snow totals we've got so far. mansfield, massachusetts , 14" of snow, 12," shrewsbury. burlington, connecticut, 6" of snow. the storm system is making its way off shore. bands of snow are still rotating in along coastal new england, interior sections of new england as well, on into new york city and much of new jersey. in the urban centers we won't see much snow sticking, but we are going to continue to see more snow starting to pile up, especially in massachusetts . here, what we look for during the day today. system moves offshore, still strong winds. winds of anywhere from 10 to 30-mile-per-hour with gusts even stronger. the precipitation finally starts to die down by this afternoon, leftover with a few light snow flurries . additional snowfall accumulations, about two to five inches, interior connecticut, massachusetts on into the boston area and providence. generally, though, about one to two inches everywhere else. we'll continue to track it. and we've got a big western storm coming in. we'll take a look at that in the next ten minutes. savannah?