Nor'easter Brushing Washington, D.C.

By , Senior Meteorologist
November 6, 2012; 7:06 AM ET
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The worst of a storm coming up the coast is passing to the east of Washington, D.C. into Wednesday night.

The area will be on the cold side of the storm, but most likely west of the area of heavy precipitation and strongest wind.

Occasional rain will skirt northeastern Virginia and central Maryland. Not enough rain will fall to cause stream flooding with only the usual issues from routine rain in urban areas.

A few gusts between 30 and 40 mph will occur with winds mainly from of the north. This flow and a lack of a strong storm moving inland will not have great impact on the lower Potomac and the upper Chesapeake Bay in terms of water levels. However, minor to moderate coastal flooding is forecast for the lower Chesapeake Bay and the Norfolk, Va. area.

Wet snowflakes and sleet have and can continue to mix in around Washington, D.C., but since the area will be west of the storm's primary moisture, no accumulation is expected. Even though the northern parts of Maryland and Virginia will be colder and snow is favored over rain, a lack of heavy precipitation would result in wet roads during the storm.

For those heading northeastward, accumulating snow is forecast in portions of southeastern Pennsylvania, northeastern Maryland and central New Jersey to parts of the Hudson Valley in New York and western New England.

Motorists and pedestrians are cautioned to watch for icy spots in the wake of the storm Thursday morning.

Ripple-effect flight delays are possible with rain, wind and low visibility affecting the airports around New York City, Philadelphia and Boston.


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