Additional rounds of rain and the potential for flash, urban and small stream flooding will continue in a large swath along the East coast and into part of the Appalachians this weekend, due in part to Tropical Rainstorm Chantal.
While flooding problems are likely to be isolated over most of this area, the ongoing downpours and locally strong thunderstorms will continue to bring travel delays, road closures and interruptions to vacations, ball games and construction projects.
A flow of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean will not be in a hurry to leave from northern Florida to southeastern New York.
Throw in Tropical Rainstorm Chantal in part of this area and the situation could get worse before it gets better.
An observation over the years among AccuWeather.com meteorologists is that old tropical systems and their impact are slow to diminish, despite official government classifications. In short, these systems often retain some sort of circulation, continue to produce rainfall and can flare up on occasion. Because of this, AccuWeather.com has chosen to continue to track Chantal even though the system was downgraded from tropical storm status late Wednesday.
Even without Chantal, enough Gulf and Atlantic moisture will remain in parts of the South and the East to continue a risk of sporadic flash, urban and small stream flooding.
Where Chantal's leftover moisture becomes involved, most likely in the zone between northern Florida and Virginia, flooding could be more widespread and potentially more serious.
The risk zone for torrential downpours will tend to drift slowly inland with time toward the southern Appalachians.
Many areas from Georgia to New England have received close to a foot of rain since June 1. This rainfall is between two and three times that of normal for the approximate 40-day period.
The ground is saturated in many areas. Much of any additional rain that falls over next several days will run off quickly into streams and then the rivers.
Into Saturday, the bulk of Chantal's drenching showers and thunderstorms will move northward east of the Florida Peninsula, mainly over the Bahamas.
There were storms along the flight path, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
Strong winds and rough seas hampered evacuation efforts as hundreds remain stranded aboard the Norman Atlantic ferry in the Adriatic Sea.
While colder air will flow into the Northeast this week, the lack of snow will continue through the end of December and the start of 2015.
A storm and cold air forecast to develop at the end of 2014 and linger into the start of 2015 will deliver snow, rain and a frost or freeze to portions of California.
A cold storm will produce rare New Year's Eve and New Year's Day snow for Las Vegas, the Mohave Desert and the mountains in the region.
As the year comes to a close and people prepare to celebrate the start of 2015, many will be bundling up as cold weather stretches from coast to coast.
The East (1984)
A touch of summer in December: Boston, MA - 73 degrees Philadelphia, PA - 72 degrees Washington, D.C. - 75 degrees Lancaster, PA - 80 degrees
100 mph winds closed Bear Mountain Ski Resort. Winds might have gusted beyond 100 mph, but all wind instruments were destroyed.
Miami, FL (1995)
76 degrees - this broke a string of 9 consecutive days below 65 degrees.