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    Northeast Storm to Bring Wind, Rain, Perhaps Snow

    By By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
    October 12, 2010, 8:18:17 AM EDT

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    A late-week atmospheric war will still be fought as a major storm takes shape with wind, rain and perhaps snow in the Northeast.

    However, the major battle will be farther north than thought earlier.

    Areas from North Carolina to southern New England will still get rain from the storm.

    In the corridor from Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston, the rain can fall hard enough to cause urban flooding problems, while causing travel disruptions.

    In the mid-Atlantic, the worst of the rain will fall during Thursday.


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    Indeed, the Carolinas, mid-Atlantic and New England will get their share of strong winds on the storm's back side.

    Gusts may reach as high as 50 mph, which is strong enough to knock tree limbs down and cause power disruptions.

    However, rather than being a true nor'easter, the strongest winds from the storm will be from the west and northwest, rather than the northeast.

    Farther north, the storm will behave more like a nor'easter.

    Onshore winds will batter eastern New England for a time on the front side. In New England, rain may be heavy enough to cause widespread urban flooding problems and rapid rises on some small streams.

    In addition, the action of the storm manufacturing its own cold air will drop temperatures close to critical levels for a chance of wet snow to fall in the Adirondacks of upstate New York, the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec and possibly other high ground over northern New England.


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    Enough chilly air will be supplied by the storm over areas from the eastern Great Lakes to part of the South and Atlantic Canada to linger into the weekend. The chilly air circulating around the storm will end the unusual warmth part of the South.

    Exactly where the storm forms and how quickly it strengthens will determine how severe conditions will be.

    The worst of the rain (and high-elevation snow) will be north of the storm track. While just about the entire region is in line for a period of strong winds, the jury is still out as to which areas will be hit the hardest with the wind.

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