A nor’easter is forecast to bring heavy rain, strong winds and possible flooding to Long Island this week, but will spare the region the heavy snow that will blanket points north.

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch, high wind watch and coastal flood advisory through Tuesday, when the storm is predicted to bring up to three inches of rainfall and high winds, forecasters said.

“Heavy rainfall will spread into the region Tuesday morning and persist through most of the day,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Strongest winds will be from late morning into mid-afternoon.”

The storm is also forecast to dump more than a foot of snow on parts of Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England, forecasters said.

The flood watch was issued because rain will be heavy at times and is expected to flood streets in low-lying areas with poor drainage.

The coastal flood advisory, on the other hand, involved the likelihood that tides up to two feet above normal could cause flooding on vulnerable shore roads and n basements of waterfront properties.

The high wind watch included a warning that northeastly wind gusts up to 60 mph could down tree limbs, causing power outages and property damage.

The storm is expected to move in Monday night, following scattered flurries during the day, when temperatures will be in the 30s but the wind chill will make is feel like the 20s.

The rain is likely to continue into Wednesday and Thursday, when it will mix with snow in the morning before clearing up at night. Temps will be in the 40s for the rest of the week.

Once the storm passes through the area, the weekend forecast is mostly sunny Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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