The middle of the week with definitely be a wet one for the Atlantic Coast, as a storm system that is moving northward along the Atlantic Coast will bring soaking rain to the region, but also gusty winds and the threat of coastal and urban area flooding.
According to a Vice President with the weather team at AccuWeather, people living along the coast from Virginia to southern New England will experience an early season Nor-easter. If you plan on traveling along the I-95 corridor, then you should plan accordingly and bring umbrellas and your heaviest raincoats. The rain is going to move northward, but the warmer and drier conditions will stay true west of the Appalachians.
On Thursday, highs will stay at around mid 60’s so it won’t be too extreme. This will be caused by the rain and the cloud cover in the area at that time. It may feel 50 in some areas when factoring in the wind and other conditions.
Very heavy rain battered Virginia and North Carolina on Wednesday, and the general consensus of the rain fall was about 1 to 2 inches. Although, Raleigh NC received a little over 3 inches of rain. The high rainfall amounts will threaten eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Long Island, and even southern New England as we move into mid-day Thursday.
About 1 to 2 inches of rain will stay along the coast but locally, 4 inches of rain may occur with urban flooding possible in some areas. The wind gusts along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts will be in the general area of 35 to 45 MPH, and these will be at the peak.
If you live in the areas that are predicted to be affected by this system, windswept rains and excess water on the roadways may muddy up your commute time. Rain, low clouds, and high winds may also lead to delays at the airports. There have been a few airline delays early on Thursday morning at Philadelphia and in the New York City area as well.
This system began with heavy rains that started across southern Georgia and eastern South Carolina on Monday, and will continue over these areas will then expanding further northward throughout the middle of the week.
According to an AccuWeather Meteorologist, there will be wet weather, and in addition to that, strong wind off of the ocean. This is also in close proximity to the new moon, which could result in minor coastal flooding at times of high tide. The highest risk for coastal flooding will be on Thursday, and it will include New Jersey and the western end of Long Island, including the New York City area.
Any residents that are navigating small watercrafts throughout the area may need to be careful, as rough seas and stiff winds may make this dangerous and difficult. There will be an elevated threat of strong and frequent rip currents into Friday. If you have any outdoor plans in the mid-Atlantic later on this week or over the weekend, you may not want to cancel them just yet. This area of low pressure will weaken and the rainfall will retreat off of the coast on Friday.
Also, some drying will definitely take place along the southern Atlantic Seaboard on Thursday as well. This is good news, as it will allow high pressure to begin building overhead once again in time for the weekend, and it will result in dry conditions following the rain.
Unfortunately, areas that are farther south probably will not enjoy the same conditions, as showers will probably linger along the coast of the Carolinas and Georgia on Friday and Saturday. These spotty showers will probably be limited to the coast with cities such as Augusta, Columbia, and Raleigh, being dry for the weekend.
This rainy pattern will continue into Florida through this week, this weekend, and into the beginning of October. But, on a positive note, the storm season will soak the dry ground in parts of the Northeast and rainfall during the last part of August to September 23rd has been lean.
For more information in the systems in your area, check your local weather authority.