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Drenching Downpours, Gusty Winds Pummel Northeast

UPDATED 10:30 PM EST, December 1, 2010

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The East Coast soaker is now prancing through the Northeast, spreading downpours and gusty winds along the way. Cold air swooping in behind the system is bringing big temperature drops to the East Coast.

Rain is pelting eastern Massachusetts into Maine tonight. A few embedded heavier showers and rumbles of thunder have been mixed in closer to the coast. The rain is making headway into northern Maine overnight.

The heaviest downpours will unleash on northern New England tonight as the front causing the soggy weather zips north and east. One to two inches will soak New Hampshire into Maine.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Rachel Peterson has the latest on today`s Northeast storm threat in this exclusive WeatherBug Severe Weather Video.

This amount of rain could trigger river flooding in northern New Hampshire tonight where Flood Watches continue. Remember, it`s more difficult to see standing water on roadways at night, so use extra caution when traveling. Also, if you do approach a flooded roadway, remember to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

Farther south, numerous Flood Warnings continue from Vermont south into Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, where heavy rain overnight and early this morning and runoff from nearby hills and mountains has caused numerous rivers and streams to overflow their banks.

As if the rain threat wasn`t enough, sustained winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts approaching 50 mph will continue tonight along the immediate Northeast coast where Wind Advisories continue.

The culprit for the early December soaker is a cold front moving into the Northeast. Warm, moist air being lifted north from the Atlantic is clashing with cooler, drier air behind the front, squeezing out heavy rain. The front is bringing much colder, drier air to the rain-soaked Mid-Atlantic tonight. Temperatures have dropped into the 30s after a morning high in the lower 60s. This cold, dry air will sweep in behind the front as it departs the Northeast later tonight and early on Thursday.

The surging cold air is also triggering a few lake-effect snow squalls across Michigan and northern Indiana and regular snow squalls across Pennsylvania and western New York. For more information on the Great Lakes snow threat, click here.

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