Two weeks of calm weather for the Northeast will come to an end this weekend. A bulk of heavy precipitation has already begun over the region overnight and will continue well into Saturday, with more rain and snow to come. Meanwhile, more flooding is on the horizon for the Central US as rain continues this weekend.

Welcome to the Friday edition of your Morning Briefing, where we’ll give you a quick rundown on everything you need to know weather-wise, every weekday morning. Let’s get started.

Heavy Rain Over Coastal Northeast:

  1. Pouring rain will move up the coast today and tomorrow, causing some issues with isolated road, urban, and even flash flooding.
  2. Up to 1.5″ of rain is expected to fall across most of the region by Sunday morning, with parts of the Mid-Atlantic, especially Southeast PA, receiving upwards of 2″.
  3. Heavy rain will likely be paired with gusty winds up to 40 mph, which could cause hazards while driving. Local totals could be higher in areas where precipitation is enhanced as well, increasing the risk of flooding and flash flooding.

Interior and High Elevation Snow:

  1. A chilly week for the region means a little more snow in this system than usual for the end of March, and even a Winter Weather Advisory for some.
  2. Milder coaster temps will keep rain pouring down, but the Interior Northeast as well as higher elevations of the Catskills, Adirondacks, and Northern Appalachians will experience a mostly snow event.
  3. While this is a widespread snow event, most of the region will only receive up to 4-6″ of snow by the time precip tapers off Sunday morning. The highest totals will be expected over the Northern Adirondacks, where snowfall totals could reach over a foot.

Continued Flooding to the West:

  1. Historic flooding over the Central US shows no signs of stopping, and to make matters worse, a light rain over the region this weekend will likely exacerbate flooding for days.
  2. Precip will only come in the form of showers and weak storms Saturday and Sunday after forming off the Rockies. Totals likely won’t exceed an inch, which isn’t enough to make flooding worse. However, it is definitely enough to prolong this flooding for at least a few more days.
  3. After rain ends on Sunday, flooding could remain an issue for days, or even weeks, before the river levels significantly go down. This will prolong the rebuilding process for many whose homes have been destroyed in this tragic event.

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Kathleen is a Meteorologist at WeatherOptics, where she works writing content for the website, providing accurate and detailed forecasts to clients, and consulting on various meteorological projects. Kathleen earned her B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in 2018 from Stony Brook University. Kathleen has also done research into our changing climate by investigating theRole of Atmospheric Rivers on Arctic Amplification in 2017.

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