The Northeast Braces For An October Storm
Updated at 11AM, October 29th, 2017
Earlier this week, a cold front brought clouds and soaking rain to the northeast. Now another, more powerful front is on the way. This system is packing strong winds and very heavy rain. It has already dumped several inches of rain in western New York State, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Now, it’s taking aim at the northeast’s major cities.
Here’s the timing of the storm:
Sunday morning… Heavy rain and strong winds will move into eastern Virginia, Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.
Sunday afternoon… Wind speeds will increase in Philadelphia and New York City as the the low pressure center approaches.
Overnight Sunday night into Monday morning… The system will lift to the north and east, and conditions will begin to calm down. Rain will taper off, and the wind speeds will begin to drop.
But before the storm ends, we could easily see storm totals of two to four inches of rain in many spots.
During Sunday and Monday, up to five inches of rain is possible. Heavy rain is also possible. This could lead to flooding. The National Weather Service has issued Flash Flood Alerts for almost the entire northeast, north of Long Island, and east of Buffalo.
The National Weather Service has also issued High Wind Alerts for most of the northeast. Southeast winds of 30-40 mph are expected, with gusts up to 65 mph. Power outages are likely, and structural damage is possible.
Temperatures will also be impacted by this storm system. Before the front passes, temperatures in cites like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. will be above average on Sunday.
Behind the front, temperatures in those same cities will be considerably cooler on Monday.
The entire system clears out just in time for Halloween. By Tuesday, the rain will be long gone, and the cooler temperatures will put everybody in the Trick-or-Treat spirit. Have fun. Be Safe. And enjoy your Halloween festivities!
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Matt Monroe & Meteorologist Marcus Walter