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Rain Drenches East Coast

UPDATED 4 PM EST, November 27, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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A powerful storm system sliding up the East Coast is bringing downpours just in time to travel to Grandma`s for Thanksgiving!

Rain stretches from the Carolinas to New England as we head through this busy travel afternoon. Widespread rain amounts of 1 to 4 inches have fallen across the southern Appalachians today, including Highlands, N.C., with 4.47 inches and Blowing Rock, N.C., with 3.76 inches.

The heaviest rain has already wound down in the South and Mid-Atlantic, but the Interstate-95 corridor of New England will still be a problem for the early evening. Another 1 to 2 inches could cause localized flooding problems in areas where leaves and debris cover storm drains and adjacent to smaller creeks and streams were runoff will leak over onto nearby roads. Remember, when approaching a flooded roadway, it`s best to be safe and "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

Flood Watches and Warnings as well as Flood Advisories extend from the Connecticut to Maine. Some of the cities included in these are Hartford, Conn., Providence, R.I., Montpelier, Vt., Concord, N.H., and Boston.

The excess runoff will cause streams, rivers and creeks to swell over bank levels, as well as overwhelm storm drains blocked by fallen leaves and debris.

The East Coast rain will also be accompanied by gusty winds that will only add to the travel headaches. Winds will reach 60 mph along the northern New England coast where High Wind Warnings continue. A few gusts will reach 40 mph in the Southeast as well, including Birmingham, Ala., Atlanta, and Columbia, S.C., where Wind Advisories have been posted through this evening.

On the colder side of the storm, precipitation will continue to be all snow from the central Appalachians to interior Northeast and New England. For more on the accumulation potential, click here.

By Thanksgiving morning, brisk Northwest winds will wrap around the storm center into New England with periodic flurries. Breezy winds will also be felt in the Mid-Atlantic, adding a chill to temperatures in the 20s and 30s. High pressure will yield sunshine and dry weather for the Southeast.

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