A strengthening storm is rolling up the Atlantic Coast with drenching rain.
For many areas, aside from spoiling outdoor plans, the rain is greatly needed with some locations from Washington, D.C. to Boston experiencing a rainfall deficit of 6 inches since March 1.
The storm already has or will deliver a thorough soaking.
However, the storm will bring problems as well.
Enough rain can fall in urban areas to overwhelm storm drains and catch basins from the Delmarva to Maine.
New England will be hit the hardest during the morning rush today. Expect travel delays
The storm will also pack gusty winds. The worst of the wind on the front side of the storm will take aim from New York City on north and east.
The strength of the wind from the east and southeast in these areas can knock down tree limbs and cause coastal flooding at high tide.
Since the storm is near the coast and will hook inland, the worst seas will be in coastal waters.
Around New York City the highest tide levels (combination of storm surge and astronomical tides) will occur into the wee hours of the morning. Around Providence, the worst is likely during midday hours. Around Boston the highest water levels are likely from lunchtime into the early afternoon.
Tides can be briefly 1.5 to 3.0 feet above published values, depending on local funneling effects.
On the storm's back side, gusty winds will funnel cold air in across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley and southern Appalachians. It is conceivable winds are strong enough in this sector as well to down trees even without snowfall.
For portions of the central Appalachians, this will seem like the second of two bookend snowstorms in "a year without a winter."
From the West Virginia mountains to western Pennsylvania, western upstate New York, part of southern Ontario and western Quebec the right conditions will come together to unload heavy wet snow.
In the mountains, such as part of the I-80 corridor, the snow will stick to some of the roads.
The greatest accumulation will be on non-paved surfaces in the higher elevations. However, some snow is bound to stick to grassy areas, hills and tree tops in this swath even out of the mountains.
For areas farther east, the storm will first bring too much warm air, then later too much dry air for snow.
Power outages related to downed trees from heavy snow during the storm, then wind tossing following the storm are a concern not only in the central Appalachians, but also as well as the metro areas of Pittsburgh, Youngstown, Erie, Buffalo and Toronto. Problems could reach into the eastern suburbs of Cleveland and as far east as Rochester.
The storm will drive cold air well into the South and to the East Coast during the first half of the week.
The cold air will be accompanied by wind, adding to the discomfort.
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Soaked East Coast hit with snow storms - and flooding - in APRIL... as Midwest sizzles in record highs
- Daily Mail
States across the U.S will experience bizarre weather over the next few days, but while the east coast is smacked with heavy snow, thunderstorms, and lashing rain, the Southwest is in the middle of a sweltering heat-wave.
Just when winter appeared to be over, Jack Frost made an unexpected appearance in the Northeast, as late-season snow fell - and parts of New England faced the threat of flooding.
The storm is atypical for April but not uncommon, said David Stark, a National Weather Service meteorologist in New York City, where 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches of rain are expected in the city with wind gusts of 25-30 mph.
After a milder-than-normal winter in most of the country, snow fell late Sunday from the mountains of West Virginia to the southern shores of Lake Erie in Pennsylvania and New York, with as much as one to two feet expected over the next 36 hours.
In Buffalo, New York, 3 to 6 inches of snow were expected over the period, said Bob Hamilton, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo.
He said there could be power outages from the wet, heavy snow on power lines.
'It's going to cause some damage, no question about that," Hamilton said....Click above Daily Mail link to read FULL report
A storm delivering needed rain to the Atlantic Seaboard will have many faces ranging from urban flooding, to strong winds, unusual cold, heavy snow and power outages into today.