Soaking Rain Main Concern for I-95 Cities

December 7, 2011; 10:02 PM ET
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While snowflakes will return to the I-95 cities of the Northeast, soaking rain causing travel headaches and possible flooding is the main concern into tonight.

The track and fast pace of the storm moving through the Northeast will spare the I-95 cities the worst of its snow, according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

However, the same cannot be said for drenching rain.

Rain will continue to stream from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia to New York City to Boston through tonight, totaling 1 to 2 inches. Isolated amounts of 3 inches are possible.

The rain will pour down heavily at times, reducing visibility for motorists and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning on area highways.

Airline passengers will not fare much better. Low clouds and pockets of fog accompanying the rain could lead to flight delays.

The ripple effect from problems at the major airports in the Northeast may cause disruptions to air travelers elsewhere across the United States.

The potential also exists for the rain to trigger localized flooding problems in low-lying and poor drainage areas. Small streams spill over their banks.

From a historical standpoint, the rain will add to what has already been an unusually wet year for the Northeast.

On Tuesday, Newark, N.J., and Allentown, Pa., joined the growing list of communities whose wettest year on record is now 2011. Philadelphia was added to that list in mid-November.

Snow will not remain entirely absent from the major I-95 cities. Snowflakes will still make an appearance tonight, but most roads are expected to stay wet.

However, more significant snow can slow travel for a time in each city's northern and western suburbs.


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