For residents living on the East Coast, the last weekend of 2013 is expected to be quite stormy. This is due to a developing coastal storm. Heavy rain is predicted along the Interstate 95 late Saturday evening into Monday. This is because an area of low lying pressure will merge into the Western Gulf of Mexico on Friday, then moving into the Northeast on Saturday. It is predicted that on Saturday this cell will move towards the Florida Panhandle. This system will strengthen as it moves ashore, hitting the Lower Mississippi Valley with plenty of moisture. This storm will then make its way across Western Florida into the Carolinas, dumping heavy rain from Atlanta to Raleigh. The totals throughout Sunday could exceed an inch of rain in these states.
Along with the rain in the South, a cold front will be making its way across the Ohio Valley, merging with another developing storm as it moves to the Eastern Seaboard on Sunday. This will only add to the storms strength as it moves from the central part of the North Carolina to the New Jersey Coast. Into the morning, the storm is predicted to move into the coast of New England and move into Canada. Luckily, there will be plenty of mild air in place as the low pressure makes it journey across the eastern coast. This means that any major cities located on the East Coast will see mainly rainfall due to this system. Rainfall totals could reach 1 inch to 1.5 inches in cities like Boston, New York City and Washington D.C on Sunday, moving into early Monday morning.
The colder air will stay along upstate New York and New England. Albany, Glen Falls, Burlington, and Augusta may see up to several inches of accumulation due to this storm. Fortunately for residents of these states, the storm will make a quick exit through the Gulf of Maine into Canada, and it is predicted that this cell will only continue to intensify into Monday morning. This means that the wind will quickly increase, with gusts of 30 to 45 mph traveling across New England Monday afternoon. This chilly air will then move its way southward and eastward in the wake of the coastal storm, which will make a very cold end to the year. This storm cell is a couple days away, and expected conditions may change significantly before its arrival. It is always important to stay updated with your local weather authority on any changes that may be made to the forecast.