Thanksgiving 2013 is being ushered in with an east coast winter-like weather yuck-fest. A slow-moving storm that wreaked havoc in the western part of the country is bringing rain, sleet and wind our way, with likely snow falling further inland to hamper plans and generally cause a mess everywhere on the heaviest travel days of the year.
UPDATE 6 A.M.: FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR… FAIRFIELD COUNTY IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT… WESTERN NEW HAVEN COUNTY IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT… WESTCHESTER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK… ROCKLAND COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK… UNTIL 930 AM EST.
FLASH FLOODING WAS REPORTED ON THE BRONX RIVER PARKWAY IN SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTY. FLASH FLOODING IS ALSO
EXPECTED ELSEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA.
As of press time through Wednesday, much of the East Coast (including from NYC to Boston) is operating under heavy rain and wind warnings and advisories, with winds possibly reaching as high as 50 mph. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for all of Southern CT, Southeast NY and Northeast NJ last night, with warnings of possible coastal erosion and flooding with heavy rains through Wednesday afternoon. Rainfall was predicted to range from 2-3″, with local amounts up to 4″ in and near the higher terrain north and west of NYC. Many small streams will approach bank full and some may experience minor flooding.
According to reports, the storm will leave the Northeast behind Wednesday night but not without the gift of cold winds up to 35 mph for Thanksgiving.