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Severe Storms, Downpours Wallop East Coast Today

UPDATED 7 PM EST, January 11, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman

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Following the bitter cold outbreak at the beginning of the week, Mother Nature is flipping the calendar ahead to spring in the East. A cold front is delivering fresh severe storms along with heavy rain and even a wintry mix to large stretches of the East Coast today.

The cold front responsible for triggering the potpourri of weather is barreling eastward. Ahead of the front, warm 60s and 70s extend from southeastern Virginia to the Gulf Coast while cooler 40s and 50s are filtering in behind the front. The clash of air masses has fostered dangerous thunderstorms across the Southeast where wind gusts have topped 60 mph in places like Vinings and Carl, Ga., and up to 50 mph in Wilson, N.C.

The front has had a history of dropping an inch or two of rain across the Southeast today. These downpours will continue to spread through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast through the evening. A quick inch or two falling on a relatively frozen ground could lead to significant runoff into streams and creeks, causing flooding problems in parts of the Northeast. In addition, poor drainage areas will likely not be able to handle the water volume.

The flooding problem will be further compounded by the more than 5 inches of snow on the ground from northern Pennsylvania into northern New England. The snow melt plus rainfall will make the perfect recipe for flooding.

Flood Watches are still in effect northern Virginia into Maine, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, N.Y., Newark, N.J., and Hartford, Conn. . Remember, if you`re approaching a flooded roadway, it is best to, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

The front will quickly jet off the coast early Sunday morning, paving the way for a drier and quiet end to the weekend for the East.

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