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New York Area Prepares for Winter Storm: Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding Expected


A formidable storm system is poised to unleash its fury upon New York City, presenting a different menace than the usual wintry landscape. 

As expected on Tuesday, this storm is devoid of snow but carries the potential for substantial havoc due to heavy rains and forceful winds, triggering concerns of flash flooding throughout the region.

Meteorologist Marissa Lautenbacher from Weather forewarns of the impending storm’s arrival shortly after Tuesday morning’s commute. 

Despite temperatures hovering in the 40s and 50s, snowfall isn’t anticipated, sparing the area from wintry precipitation. However, the absence of snow doesn’t diminish the severity of the storm.

Lautenbacher underscores the perilous nature of this storm, emphasizing the threat posed by fierce winds that could result in power outages, especially in regions already impacted by recent heavy snowfall. 

The combination of warmer temperatures and intense rainfall heightens the risk of flash floods due to rapid snowmelt.

Ensuring New York’s Residents Are Ready

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Anticipating the downpour, Lautenbacher predicts a deluge of two to three inches by Wednesday morning, coupled with gusts of 50 to 60 mph along the east coast. 

While New York City continues its streak of snowless days, elevated terrains like the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, New Hampshire, and Maine may witness snowfall.

Moreover, the forecaster issues a warning about the likelihood of significant flooding concerns across waterways in upstate New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire due to rainwater combined with melting snow.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch encompassing numerous counties surrounding the city, spanning from New Jersey to Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and Connecticut. Predictions also suggest potential flooding at 19 river locations, stretching from Virginia to upstate New York.

This impending storm, stemming from a potent low-pressure system originating in the Southwest, concludes its trajectory with a shift towards the East Coast after causing blizzard conditions in the central Plains and Midwest. 

As residents prepare for its impact, vigilance and preparedness remain crucial in mitigating potential risks and safeguarding against the storm’s aftermath.

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