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Rain Soaks East; Arctic Chill Follows For The Midweek

UPDATED 5:30 PM EDT, April 15, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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A waterlogged cold front is swiftly moving towards the East Coast bringing downpours, a few fresh thunderstorms and even snow. In its wake, Arctic air will invade the Mid-Atlantic, Carolinas and Southeast during the middle of the week.

Rain has been socking large stretches of the East Coast today with a few of the highest totals surpassing 1 inch. Wintergreen, Va., got drenched with 2.29 inches with Ray City, Ga., at 1.52 inches for the day. More showers will pelt the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast while the heaviest rain slides across New England this afternoon and tonight.

The biggest problem spot will be New England where Flood Watches and Warnings continue from northern Pennsylvania into northern New England. One to 2.50 inches of rain falling on top of several inches of snow will trigger flooding problems. The excess runoff going into rivers where ice jams are occurring will create additional flooding concerns. Remember, if you approach a road covered by water, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown." The water is often deeper than it appears.

A line of thunderstorms ahead of the cold front is marching across Florida. A few of the storms could contain heavy rain and gusty winds as they sweep across places like Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, and Miami.

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Enough cold air is careening in behind the front to change rain to snow in the eastern Ohio Valley and western New York. Any accumulation here will be less than one inch. As the front steadily moves east, rain will change to snow in northern New England where 1 to 3 inches will fall late this evening into early Wednesday.

The cold front will open the flood gates to very chilly 20s and lower 30s tonight from the Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic where Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories have been posted. Jackson, Miss., Little Rock, Ark., Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., Atlanta and the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore Interstate 95 corridor are included in these cold weather alerts.

Lows this cold will threaten any tender vegetation left uncovered. Be sure to put a blanket over any potted plants and flowers or bring them inside to avoid damage by the cold snap. Although not as cold, several spots in the eastern Tennessee Valley and central Appalachians will dip below freezing once again Wednesday night. A more seasonal weather trend begins for the Mid-South to Mid-Atlantic later in the work week as the cold high pressure slides off the coast and takes the Arctic air with it.

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