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Waterlogged Spring Storm Slides Up East Coast

UPDATED 4:30 AM EDT, May 1, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A massive spring storm system responsible for soaking the Eastern Seaboard from the Gulf Coast to New England will keep the Northeast soggy today. Prolific rainfall totals have been noted from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic, and the rain gauges will continue to fill across the Northeast.

A slow-moving cold front with waves of energy riding along it has been the driving force for repeated waves of torrential rain and strong thunderstorms from the Gulf Coast to southern New England. On Wednesday, these same downpours and thunderstorms squeezed out abundant rainfall tallies across the East, with around a foot of rain causing major flash flooding problems in Mobile, Ala., Pensacola, Fla., and other parts of the Florida Panhandle. Up to 6 inches of rain was measured in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

The cold front is inching its way across the Interstate 95 corridor, pushing the moisture toward the Atlantic Coast. Behind the front, drier air will filter eastward today, allowing for a drier and relatively mild day. However, the stream of moisture remains in place across the Northeast, where 1 to 2 inches of rain can`t be ruled out through the middle of the day.

remain in place from northern Virginia to southern New England, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Albany, N.Y., Hartford, Conn., and Providence, R.I.

The rainfall on Wednesday has caused water to pond on roads, and will run off into rivers and streams today. Use extreme caution and if you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

The good news is once the cold front passes the entire region later today, high pressure will build in from the central U.S., with a generally pleasant end to the week and start to May`s first weekend.

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