Major Storm Heavy Flooding Rains Potentially Damaging Winds Coastal Flooding Tuesday into Wednesday

Major Storm Heavy Flooding Rains

Potentially Damaging Winds  Coastal Flooding Tuesday into Wednesday

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Major Storm Heavy Flooding Rains

Potentially Damaging Winds Tuesday into Wednesday

This week is going to be a memorable one and not in a good way. Inland areas north and northwest of I-95 have just endurded their first snow storm of the winter season. That is quickly being followed by by a major storm that is develoing today in the Southern Plains and heading to the Great Lakes. This storm system is one of the most well advertised storms as we have been talking about it for the last week or so. All sorts of watches are up with a large area Flood Watch from New England to the Mid Atlantic states including all the metro areas from Bostong to Washington DC. High Wind Watches are up from the Delmarva Peninsula, Coastal and Southern New Jersey to New York City, Long Island and Southeastern New England.

This storm is going to be a big deal rainfall wise. Rainfall of 2 to 3 inches is forecast across the Northeast and Mid Atlantic states and what is of particular concern is the snow covered ground inland. All this snow that fell over the weekend will be melting and add the rainfall on top of that, and you have the ingredients for some serious flooding potential of roads, rivers, and creeks. Now let’s throw in wind.

This storm is likely to produce widespread wind issues across much of the US east of the Mississippi. The strongest winds are forecast up and down the East Coast and not just near the shore. Inland areas will be dealing with wind gusts of 50 mph and areas along the immediate coast Tuesday night into Wednesday morning could see gusts over 60 mph. This makes coastal flooding at high tide a strong possibility given the strong southerly flow. Moderate coastal flooding is certainly possible at high tides later Tuesday into early Wednesday morning so the timing of the  cold front passage and high tide will be very important indeed.


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At least we have a day of calm and quiet ahead of all this with partly to mostly sunny skies today in Eastern Pennsylvania to Southern New England. There was not much in the way of cold air behind the weekend storm so highs today will be in the upper 30s to near 40 in snow covered areas inland and low to mid 40s everywhere else. Skies should be clear to start tonight before clouds begin to arrive later tonight ahead of a developing low in the Southern Plains that will be moving northeast toward the Great Lakes.

Weather conditions will deteriorate quickly Tuesday from west to east with rain developing from south to north Tuesday morning into the afternoon and becoming heavy going into Tuesday evening and Tuesday night. Winds will begin to increase and frequent gusts of 50 mph or more will occur Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Severe weather could be in the mix too especially from the Mid Atlantic southward so look for a few thunderstorms in the mix as well. Temperatures will be rising into the 50s through all of this. The front will pass through Wednesday morning and winds will shift to the west. While the rains will end, we will have strong winds now from a westerly direction to deal with and here  to the winds will gust to 40 to 50 mph. This event will be a bit different from the recent wind and rain events in the past month in that those events, strong winds were mostly along the coast. This time around the impact will be large and will cover most areas east of the Mississippi. Clearly this will impact travel by air so check with your airline if you are travelling to any city in the US. Weahter conditions will improve Thursday into Friday but we are facing the unusual situation where a second major storm will be heading to the Great Lakes and we could be going through this all over again later Friday into Saturday! Fasten your seatbelts folks.





Please note that with regards to any severe weather,  tropical storms, or hurricanes, should a storm be threatening, please consult your local National Weather Service office or your local government officials about what action you should be taking to protect life and property.

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