November Thunderstorms for the Northeast

November 22, 2011; 4:57 AM ET
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A storm that will develop a history of severe weather and heavy rain will roll through the Northeast Tuesday night into Wednesday, bringing gusty thunderstorms to some areas.

While wet weather will cause its share of problems, snow will fall in northernmost locations of the region. However, it is gusty winds, blinding rain and the risk of lightning strikes from thunderstorms that may deliver big delays at I-95 airports for a time.

The greatest chance of thunderstorms and the locally gusty winds and downpours they bring from New York City to Washington, D.C., and Richmond is very late Tuesday night into the midday hours Wednesday.

In the swath from Boston to Hartford in southeastern New England, the worst of the rain and possible thunderstorms will hit Wednesday morning into the afternoon.

While a major severe weather outbreak is not expected in the coastal mid-Atlantic and southeastern New England, people traveling on the roads during this time could be faced with dangerous driving conditions from torrential, windswept rain.

Weather conditions will improve dramatically from west to east across the Northeast Wednesday and will be the case in the I-95 mid-Atlantic Wednesday afternoon. However, the damage may have already been done with flight delays lingering into a normally very busy Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving.

Thunderstorms in November are rather rare in the Northeast, but when the do occur, they usually mark a major weather pattern change.

While cooldown follows the storms for Thanksgiving Day into Black Friday, it will not mark lasting cold weather for the region. Temperatures will rebound to unusually warm levels for November later in the holiday weekend, as they have done on several other occasions this fall.


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