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Flooding Rain Drenches East Coast

UPDATED 11 PM EDT, May 16, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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A slow-moving cold front is the catalyst for flooding downpours across the East today. While the Mid-Atlantic has dried out, the deluge is heading for New England tonight through Saturday.

A cold front moving at the speed of molasses is draped from the eastern Great Lakes to the eastern Carolinas. The front is slowly making its journey towards New York City and New England. Drawing plenty of Atlantic moisture onshore, the storm is squeezing this moisture out as heavy rainfall. Several roads are closed due to high water in the Mid-Atlantic where the rain was heaviest overnight.

Rain ended from west to east across the Mid-Atlantic ealier today while the heaviest downpours sweep across the Mid-Atlantic Coast, New York and towards New England. By this evening, rain will expand through southern New England while the Mid-Atlantic dries out. The rain will slowly trudge through New England on Saturday while the remainder of the East enjoys a bit more sunshine and cooler weather this weekend.

Rainfall amounts will reach 2 to 3 inches from eastern Pennsylvania into much of New England. Flood and Flash Flood Watches and Warnings continue from New Jersey into Connecticut and New York. Cities such as New York City and Albany, N.Y. are included in these flood-related alerts.

If you come across water in the road, do not attempt to cross it, as it is likely deeper than it appears. Remember, "Turn Around, Don`t Drown!"

The cold front has already produced several inches in many spots. Brewtown, Ala., got drenched with 6 inches of rain while Raleigh-Durham tallied 5.90 inches. Many spots in the Mid-Atlantic received at least 2 inches since Thursday.

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