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Flood Threat Returns to the Northeast

By: Accuweather.com
By: Accuweather.com
Heavy rain has engulfed much of the Northeast as the same storm system that pounded the West Coast with flooding rain and feet of mountain snow late last week presses past. Wet weather expanded into the mid-Atlantic late on Sunday, spreading drenching rain along the Eastern Seaboard from Florida to New York by early this morning.

Photo: David McGrego Alex Tamayo, Brian Gamez and Brandon Whitfield make their way through flood waters at Jones Mobile Home Park in Norcross on Monday afternoon.

Heavy rain has engulfed much of the Northeast as the same storm system that pounded the West Coast with flooding rain and feet of mountain snow late last week presses past. Wet weather expanded into the mid-Atlantic late on Sunday, spreading drenching rain along the Eastern Seaboard from Florida to New York by early this morning.

The rain will advance into New England as the day progresses. In northern Maine, ice will create slick surfaces for a time before changing to rain as temperatures rise above freezing.

Today, travelers in the Northeast both on the ground and in the air will face difficult journeys.

Flooding will become a problem along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Maine, as upwards of 2 inches of rain pours down in spots.

Low-lying and poor drainage areas will be especially at risk for flooding. The heavy rain could also cause ice jams and flooding along rivers and streams.

The windswept rain will also reduce visibility at times, producing an additional hazard for motorists. Wind gusts will surpass 40 mph at times along the Northeast Coast today.

Those heading to work this morning from Washington, D.C., to New York City should be prepared for a slow, and at times treacherous, commute. By this evening, New Englanders can expect a tedious trek home.

The rain will taper off from south to north late today into tonight as the storm departs. Colder air behind the system will filter back into the eastern half of the nation over the next few days.

AccuWeather.com's Long Range Expert Joe Bastardi is predicting February to be a cold, stormy month, much like December.


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