By Brian Lada
A storm system moving northward along the Atlantic coast during the middle of the week will bring not only a soaking rain to the region, but also gusty winds and the risk of urban and coastal flooding.
According to AccuWeather Senior Vice President Joe Sobel, “For many people along the coast from Virginia to southern New England, this will essentially be an early-season nor’easter.”
Umbrellas and raincoats will be put to good use by those along much of the Interstate-95 corridor as rain moves northward. Warm and dry conditions will hold west of the Appalachians.
The rain and associated cloud cover will put a lid on temperatures along the I-95 corridor with highs on Thursday in the 60s. AccuWeather RealFeel® temperatures will be in the 50s in some areas, when factoring in wind and other conditions.
Heavy rain battered North Carolina and Virginia on Wednesday with a general 1 to 2 inches falling. However, a few locations such as Raleigh, North Carolina, received over 3 inches of rain.
High rainfall amounts will threaten eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Long Island, and into southern New England on Thursday.
A general swath of 1-2 inches of rain will hug the coast but locally 4 inches of rain can occur with urban flooding possible.
Peak wind gusts along the mid-Atlantic and southern New England coasts will be in the neighborhood of 35 to 45 mph.
Windswept rain and excess water on the roads can slow the commute. Rain, wind and low cloud ceilings can lead to delays at area airports.
Rain from this system started across southern Georgia and eastern South Carolina on Monday and will continue over these areas while expanding northward throughout the middle of the week.
According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “In addition to the wet weather, a strong wind off the ocean and proximity to the new moon may result in minor coastal flooding at times of high tide.”
The highest risk for coastal flooding on Thursday will include New Jersey and the western end of Long Island Sound, including the New York City area.
The stiff winds and rough seas may also make it dangerous for small craft to navigate. There will be an elevated risk of frequent and strong rip currents into Friday.
Those with outdoor plans in the mid-Atlantic late this week or over the weekend might not want to cancel their plans just yet as the area of low pressure weakens and rainfall retreats off the coast on Friday.
Some drying will take place along the southern Atlantic Seaboard on Thursday.
This will allow high pressure to build overhead once again in time for the weekend, resulting in good drying conditions following the rain.
Areas farther south may not share the same fate as spotty showers may linger along the coast of the Carolinas and Georgia on Friday and Saturday.
These showers will likely be limited to the immediate coast with cities such as Augusta, Georgia, Columbia, South Carolina, and Raleigh, North Carolina, being dry for the weekend.
The relentless rainy pattern will continue over Florida through this week, this weekend and on into October.
On a positive note with the rain, the storm system will soak the dry ground in parts of the Northeast. Rainfall during the last part of August to Sept. 23, has been lean.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski and Jordan Root contributed content to this story.