While a storm foiled weekend plans in the East, it delivered much-needed rain to the I-95 corridor.
The storm responsible for heavy snow and power outages early in the week over part of the central Appalachians swung through Sunday into the start of the week with drenching rain and postponed ball games.
A general 1 to 3 inches of rain fell from eastern North Carolina to Maine with lesser amounts over the Piedmont areas.
Rainfall deficits ranged from 3 to 6 inches from March 1 to April 20, prior to the storm's arrival along the Atlantic Seaboard.
The storm has given soil moisture a tremendous boost and has put a lid on the wildfire danger. The soil was absorbing much of the rain. Many small streams were reacting to the rainfall. However, larger rivers will be slower to reflect the moisture and may continue at below average levels for late April.
No flooding of streams and rivers is forecast from this event.
Here is a partial list of storm total rainfall as of 7:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday:
|Patuxent River, Md.||2.51|
The storm strengthened as it moved northward right along the coast Sunday night.
In addition to causing minor travel delays and urban flooding issues, it kicked up winds and seas for a time.
While dry air has shut off the rain from south to north along the coast today, the storm itself will be slow to move out leading to blustery and chilly conditions.
As it did, the difference in pressure between the storm, which represents low pressure, and a high pressure system to the northeast caused winds to kick up along the coast.
A wind gust of 54 mph occurred on New York's LaGuardia Airport just before midnight Sunday night. A gust to 53 mph occurred Blue Hill Observatory in Massachusetts during the early-morning hours Monday.
The strength of the wind, combined with the driving rain, knocked down a few trees and tree limbs in the Northeast. Several hundred utility customers were without power for a brief time in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Most of the power outages occurring today were focused with heavy wet snow falling over part of the central Appalachians.
Tides Sunday evening were running between 1 and 2 feet above published levels.
Temperatures will recover a bit in the East this week, but 80-degree temperatures are on hold for a while.
An ice storm, which could be the worst to hit the United States in years, is unfolding across portions of the southern Plains late this week.
Despite the mild air through midweek, the city is experiencing a drastic temperature to end the week.
The city will see snow a few times in the coming days as temperatures plummet.
After the midweek system accompanied with snow exits the area, frigid air will pour into the area.
While balmy air and rain will affect State College and central Pennsylvania into Thursday night, a return of colder air will be accompanied by a change to snow and slippery travel late Friday.
While balmy air and rain will affect Pittsburgh into Thursday night, a return of colder air will be accompanied by a change to snow and slippery travel Friday.
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14.84" rainfall in 24 hours. Greatest 24 hour rainfall event in state's history.
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