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Storm expected to hit East Coast bringing heavy rain, wind, snow

Weather experts are forecasting a movement of heavy rain, wind and snow on the Eastern U.S. this weekend.

Areas in New York and Massachusetts are under storm watches, as of Saturday afternoon. The National Weather Service predicted wind could reach up to 40 mph in the Boston and Nantucket regions throughout the weekend into Monday, according to alerts.

“Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will pool along the boundary on Sunday, producing heavy rain over parts of the Northeast,” the service said Saturday in an alert “slight risk” of excessive rainfall over New England.

“The associated heavy rain will create mainly localized areas of flash flooding, with urban areas, roads, and small streams the most vulnerable,” they added. “In addition, showers and thunderstorms will develop along and ahead of the front over parts of the Mid-Atlantic to the Southeast and Central Gulf Coast.”

The service also warded against using boats on the water, claiming that strong winds could cause hazardous seas that could “capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.”

The NWS issued early alerts on Thursday, warning of accumulating snowfall.

“A storm system moving through the Eastern U.S. this weekend may bring a period of heavy rain and gusty winds to much of the East,” the NWS’ Weather Prediction Center posted to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

“Accumulating snowfall is possible as well as across parts of the Central Appalachians into Upstate New York,” they added.

Earlier in the week, a portion of the Pacific Northwest faced flood warnings in the wake of an atmospheric river dumping record-breaking rain on the area.

The NWS issued warnings for areas in western Washington, featuring cities to the north and east of Seattle — and a large part of the Olympic Peninsula, per The Associated Press. The atmospheric river, also known as a “Pineapple Express,” is a lengthy and narrow band of water vapor that can take warm subtropical moisture over the Pacific from around Hawaii.

Conditions in Washington caused the closure of passenger rail stations, schools and roads. The Evergreen State also saw the breaking of daily rainfall and temperature records.

Source: The Hill

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