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Nor'easter to Linger in East, Bring More Rain to Va., NC

Northeast to dry out, but coastal NC and Va. will continue to be slammed

Sat., Oct. 12, 2013

In this file photo, waves crash onto Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., which continues to be slammed by this current storm. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

The slow-moving nor'easter that drenched parts of the East this week will continue to worsen conditions for Virginia and North Carolina this weekend.

Other areas along the coast will slowly improve through Sunday.

The storm, with its clouds, rain and wind, is forecast to shrink slowly southward over the Columbus Day weekend in the mid-Atlantic, but surf conditions are likely to stay rough from Delaware to Maryland.

Dry air and high pressure to the north will make progress this weekend, but the process will be painstakingly slow in many areas.

Rain failed to reach most of southern New England and barely brushed New York City.

However, rain was squeezed into a narrow zone that drenched parts of southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland so much to the point of causing urban, small stream and poor drainage area flooding Thursday into Friday. Rain in this area will become much less intense in this area, diminishing to occasional drizzle Saturday.

On-and-off rain and drizzle are likely to continue through Sunday farther south and is likely to return to some areas in Virginia and North Carolina.

Meanwhile, folks enjoying sunshine since Tuesday in upstate New York and northern New England will continue to do so.

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Clearing will slowly progress southward into southern New England parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and southeastern New York state during the weekend.

The shrinking, weakening and southward drifting nor'easter this weekend will have a positive and negative impact on coastal areas.

Surf and tides will gradually subside over New Jersey and the New York area.

However, enough of a wind from the ocean will continue to cause rough surf, beach erosion and coastal flooding at times of high tide for beaches in Delaware and Maryland into Columbus Day.

Just as rain and drizzle return to southern Virginia and part of North Carolina, rough surf and coastal flooding problems may increase over the weekend along the Virginia Capes and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Waters from Delaware to North Carolina are likely to average 1 to 2 feet above published levels.

Tides will continue to run a bit above normal along the Chesapeake Bay, rivers and harbors in Virginia and Maryland through the weekend.

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