Friday, October 21, 2016

Northeast Rain: Mostly Good, But Too Much PA, Too Little In Some Spots

The long anticipated drenching rainstorm is underway in the Northeast, which most places getting some good drought-denting rains.

However, a few places have gotten too much of a good thing, with flooding reported, and some places look like they will get too little, with not a huge amount of rain in the forecast for those areas.

Flooding in Pennsylvania last night. Photo from
the Centre Daily Times in Pennsylvania 
As expected a conveyer of moderate to sometimes heavy rain has been moving through western Pennsylvania, western and northern New York, and clipping the northwest corner of Vermont.

That state of affairs will continue to day, although it will nudge eastward with time.

In central Pennsylvania last night, strong, persistent thunderstorms set up, and flash flooding is now occurring. 

The Centre Daily Times in Pennsylvania says people have been rescued from flooded homes in Milesburg and Howard, and a state of emergency was in effect early Friday.

Flash flood watches are also up for parts of western Pennsylvania and western New York, as they are expected to receive the most rain from this storm - up to six inches.

The northwestern corner of New England and also parts of eastern New New England will get a good drenching from this storm, too, with a decent one to three inches a fairly good bet.

It'll rain in New York's Hudson Valley, western New York and Connecticut, but as it looks now, it won't be as heavy as elsewhere in the Northeast. So the drought-denting capability of this storm look to be a little less there.

In New England and near the coast of the Northeast today, it will be warmer and more humid than you'd expect in the third week in October, but look for a big chill down, starting this afternoon and slowly spreading east across the entire Northeast Saturday.

It'll be breezy and raw and cool Sunday through much of next week, with scattered showers.

Forecasters have backed off on the amount of snow that will fall in higher elevations of the Northeast, but several inches are still likely in the high peaks of the Adirondacks, and Green and White Mountains.

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