Northeast to face another round of soaking weather
Following a round of heavy rain and icy weather across the Northeast on Wednesday, another storm has its sights set on the region for the end of the week.
Precipitation will again overspreading the region from west to east on Thursday night.
"As the second storm arrives, there is likely to be little or no cold air left around, so any ice and snow will likely be confined to the northern tier," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Snow can fall over the highest peaks of northern New England, while lower-elevation areas in the north receive a wintry mix of ice and rain. Road conditions will deteriorate quickly where this happens, so motorists should be cautious if heading out into the slick conditions.
By contrast, it could be mild enough to the south for thunderstorms to form on Thursday night across the Ohio Valley, central Appalachians and eastern Great Lakes. Any gusty winds could topple trees and power lines in the saturated soil.
After the initial hit of heavy and potentially thundery rain, a steady rainfall is expected to overspread much of the Northeast through Friday morning.
"This will overlap areas that got drenched into Wednesday night and could aggravate any small stream flooding," Sosnowski warned.
He also noted that while major river flooding is not expected, "ice jam flooding will be a problem in parts of western New York and Ohio and may expand to parts of western Pennsylvania and New England."
Heavy rain could be over the Interstate 95 corridor from New York through Boston just in time for the Friday morning commute, so anyone hitting the road that morning should plan for a longer drive.
In addition to standing water on roadways, visibility could be drastically limited due to both heavy rain and dense fog. These conditions could lead to delays at area airports as well.
The wet weather will go out with a bang as winds pick up and another round of fresh, Arctic air pushes into the region during the afternoon and night.
High temperatures on Friday will occur for many during the damp morning hours before the frigid winds pick up. Actual temperatures can plummet by as much as 25 to 35 F from Friday's high to Friday night's low.
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