A combination of heavy rain and current melting snow from last week’s storm could cause flooding from the Mid-Atlantic to New England.
For example, New York City would be under a high wind warning and flood monitoring from Thursday night to Friday morning, with winds forecast to be 20–30 mph and speeds up to 60 mph.
New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Dean Criswell said, “Any Christmas dreamer would have to settle for a windy and disgusting holiday.” “However, the dangers are real, and we want every New Yorker prepared for potentially damaging winds and heavy rain.”
On Wednesday night, blizzards struck most parts of the upper Midwest, with winds blowing at 65 mph in parts of Dakota, making it impossible to travel in some areas.
Winter storm warnings were also in effect for the Twin Cities of Minnesota, with 6-8 inches of snow expected and white-out conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, “winds can move at 60 mph, which has significantly reduced snow blowing.”
A spokesman for the Westwest, Central Central and Central Minnesota State Patrol said in a tweet that soldiers responded to hundreds of crashes, spoon-outs and stalled trains as well as 11 jackknifed semitrucks on Wednesday between 4pm and 9pm is.
The Minnesota government authorized Tim Walge to provide emergency relief services for motorists stranded in winter storms, his office said.
Rain is expected up and down the East Coast
On Christmas Eve, the storm will track the east and produce a wide variety of weather and cause falling temperatures to reach most parts of the Midwest. The storm will be accompanied by very strong winds, warning and advising all types of wind from the Gulf Coast to the US-Canada border.
As the storm moves east, it will primarily be a rain machine. On the eve of Christmas, Florida shelters in New York will be wet for millions. Even some severe storms may occur.
“This storm setup could easily allow for dangerous winds and even some brief isolated tornadoes,” said CNN meteorologist Jean Norman. “North and South Carolina, southern Georgia and the eastern side of Alabama and parts of Florida’s panhandle, especially on Christmas Eve, are in danger.”
Rain from the Ohio Valley to the Tennessee Valley will turn into snow on Thursday afternoon. West Virginia and much of eastern Ohio can see 3-5 inches of snow, and can see even more with higher elevations.
Heavy rain after snow can also cause rapid melting and flooding. The National Weather Service in Binghamton, New York, warned residents of the risk.
The agency said “where heavy snow had recently fallen, weights could be added to old snow bags on roofs / structures.”
The storm will clear most of the morning, except for the cold and rapid Christmas from the south, but parts of the northeast will be warm.
CNN’s Taylor Ward, Rob Freeh, Raja Razek and Dave Heinen contributed to this report.