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East Coast Braces for Weekend Storm With Heavy Rain, Snow

Once again, New England and northern New York State will get clobbered with snowstorms; the South will get more rain
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Utility crews prepare to work on power lines at dusk, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Litchfield, Maine, where many have been without electricity since Monday's ice storm. Up to 7 inches of snow is forecast, worrying utilities that the additional weight on branches and transmission lines could cause setbacks in the around-the-clock efforts to restore power. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Yet another weekend storm is taking aim at the East and South. The storm will bring rain to most areas with above-freezing temperatures, but heavy snow is forecast for northern New England.

Rain will drench the southern cities of New Orleans, Atlanta and Mobile, Ala., on Saturday.

Flash flooding may ensue, especially where the pre-Christmas storm left the ground saturated and streams running high thanks to the 1 to 3 inches of rain that fell in many places.

While interior portions of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire will pick up heavy snow, a mix with ice and rain will help cut down on snow accumulation near the coast.

Between the two days of the weekend, Saturday will definitely be the better day for travelers and residents with plans across the East Coast and especially the I-95 corridor.

Drenching rain will swing eastward toward the Carolinas and northward to Virginia on Saturday night.

Locally severe thunderstorms are possible from parts of northern Florida to southeastern Georgia, the coastal areas of the Carolinas and southeastern Virginia.

On Sunday, the rain will focus on the corridor from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City. A soaking awaits Boston and Providence, R.I., on Sunday afternoon and evening.

The heavy rain threatens to cause urban flooding, slow ground travel and lead to flight delays and cancellations. NFL fans attending games in the area should be prepared for wet conditions. The Redskins/Giants game at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will likely be played during some of the heaviest rainfall on Sunday afternoon.

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While a rebound in temperatures preceding the storm on Saturday will prevent the rain from starting as or ending as snow along the I-95 corridor northward to Providence, R.I. and even Boston, the same cannot be said for all of the Northeast.

Enough cold air will be produced for the rain to either mix with, change to, or totally fall as snow over the mountains in upstate New York and in central and northern New England.

While precipitation will mostly be in the form of rain across Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia, some wet snow may mix in at times over some higher elevations, but should add up to no more than a slushy coating to an inch.

"Unlike some recent storms where cold air is coming in, the air ahead of this storm will be stale with no fresh cold," stated AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek.

"That means that the weekend storm will instead have to manufacture cold air itself in order for snow to fall, and we are looking for that to happen on Sunday," continued Dombek.

There will be a substantial accumulation from the Green Mountains of Vermont to New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

From the southern coast of New Brunswick down through southern New Hampshire, enough ice and rain will mix in to help limit snow accumulation. This includes places like Portsmouth, N.H., Portland, Maine and Saint John, New Brunswick.

Far northern and western suburbs of Boston may pick up a slushy, light accumulation of snow on Sunday evening before the precipitation ends. The storm will be a mainly rain event for Boston, although some wet snowflakes may mix in.

Bangor, Maine; Lebanon, N.H.; and Fredericton, New Brunswick; all stand to have significant snow, although any sleet or rain mixing in will help cut down on accumulation.

Where the snowstorm unfolds across New England on Sunday night, a nightmare awaits travelers as roads will quickly become snow packed and treacherous. Heavy falling snow will dramatically reduce visibility for motorists. The storm will also put down a thick blanket of snow on the ski slopes.

The storm will not bring a heavy accumulation of ice, but it will bring snow to some areas still without power in the wake of the recent devastating ice storm.

The weight of the snow could damage more trees and power lines that were left weakened by the pre-Christmas storm along the United States/Canada border.

Wind produced by the new storm as it strengthens along the upper New England coast and in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence region can also cause further damage to weakened trees and power lines. Winds will pick up in the last part of the storm around the Great lakes and the St. Lawrence Valley, raising the same concerns.

The weekend storm will depart the United States by Monday, opening the door for a fresh blast of Arctic cold to arrive and end 2013 on a frigid note across the Northeast.

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im kinda happy it just passes us in long island ... i don't want snow

December 29 2013 at 4:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did any of you people go to school? The poor grammar and bad spelling would seem to indicate a negative response to my question.

December 29 2013 at 4:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You don't like cold weather, then go back to HELL where you came from.

December 29 2013 at 4:21 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Ever since I have started taking extra Vitamin D3, I have enjoyed cold weather. Science is saying now, that people living in the cold. rainy, overcast, and cloudy weather climates should take up to 5,000IU per day. It's the hot weather in the summer that I DETEST and I don't understand it when people say that summer heat waves is "nice" weather. I'd be like "really? this is nice???" I'd say "well then maybe you oughta go back to hell where you came from" LOL. SO yeah, these are the same people who can't stand bitterly cold weather. I used to be one of them, until I discovered Vitamin D3 and now every day is summer!

December 29 2013 at 4:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If you don't like cold weather, then take some Vitamin D3 to help you weather the storms. Science is saying now that people in the states with more cloudy, overcast, snowy, or rainy weather to up their intake to 5,000IU every day of the sunshine vitamin D3. Ever since I started taking Vitamin D3 I have been in love with the cold weather and all that goes with it. I have come to DETEST the heat of the summer, though, and don't understand anyone who comes around to call it "nice" when it's too hot. Go back to hell where you came from, cold weather haters!

December 29 2013 at 4:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'll take Northern California any day. Never mind that snow storm $#!+

December 29 2013 at 4:04 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I'll take northern California, any day. Screw that snow storm $#!+

December 29 2013 at 4:02 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

lived in central/northern vt for over 7 yrs. it was a climatic prison and the high expense to live there was absurd. there are 50 states to choose from. one must find the state with the least amount of aggravations to suit ones particular lifestyle and northern ny/new england aint for me. im glad there are cold weather people that love this crap. ill take the warmer climes anyday. good luck this winter new englanders.

December 29 2013 at 3:27 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

So what is all the hype about the winter snow storms and the rain? It is normal for these type of storms to occur especially in the winter. People in the east coast should be lucky enough to have plenty of water reserve for the oncoming summer. It is so unfortunate that the weather people always empathize on the negatives instead of the positives about the winter storms, and the rain, when we are experiencing a period of no rain which will eventually lead to a permanent drought. We need the rain, and we are extremely fed up with all these sunny weather. I can't help but worry that all of the native plants that are dying due to the lack of rain, and the wildlife are starving for a drink of water and fresh cut grass to feed them and their future generations. I am sick and tired of the insensitive weathermen who are always less concerned about the possible water rationing which often in the case when we don't have enough water to sustain us for the hot weather that might be coming our way.

December 29 2013 at 3:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Whooooooooooop`s, ther goes all that global warming agenda. (the money scammers)
Those Al Gore type tree huggers just cant get a break, can they.... hehehehehehe

December 29 2013 at 12:38 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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