Severe thunderstorms could bring heavy rain to the Southeast as a snowmaker targets the Northeast
Severe thunderstorms capable of unleashing hail and tornadoes are expected to hit parts of the central Gulf Coast on Sunday before spreading to the Southeast, with snow expected to sweep into the Northeast through the start of the week.
About 23 million people from eastern Texas to western Georgia are at risk for severe weather and thunderstorms on Sunday, including Houston, New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
On Monday, the threat will move east into parts of Georgia, the Florida Panhandle, and South Carolina.
“Heavy rain is expected, and areas of the Mid-South in particular may see several inches of rain locally as a result of training showers and thunderstorms early Sunday. This will create a threat of flash flooding,” the National Weather Service said.
States in the Southeast face the possibility of flash flooding on Sunday, with a level 1 in 4 risk of heavy rain in the region from Texas to North Carolina. Some areas could see rainfall rates on Sunday of up to 1 inch per hour, and rainfall totals by the end of the day Monday could exceed 2 inches.
In New Orleans, raucous Mardis Gras parades will likely be dampened by rain on Sunday. Weather service he urged concert-goers “Be aware of the weather while you enjoy Mardi Gras celebrations!”
The wet weather across the South is due in part to a winter storm charting a path from the Rocky Mountains into the Ohio River Valley and the Northeast through Tuesday, where it could bring heavy snow and potential travel disruption.
Northeastern bows for Easter
The weather service said the storm will turn northeast Sunday night into Monday, bringing heavy bands of snow from central Oklahoma to Ohio. Snow bands will expand Monday night across much of northeastern and southern New England into Tuesday, with more than 8 inches of snow likely in some areas.
“The Easter light will form from Monday night into Tuesday,” the Weather Prediction Center said on Sunday. “Strong winds and heavy/wet snow can damage trees and power lines and disrupt travel. Coastal flooding is also expected.
About 20 million people are under a winter storm watch on Sunday in the Northeast, extending from central Pennsylvania to southern Maine.
Parts of the Northeast could receive 6-8 inches of snow, with higher amounts of up to 10 inches in the mountains. New York City is expected to receive 1-2 inches of snow, according to the Prediction Center.
The center said that strong winds and heavy, wet snow may accumulate on trees and power lines, threatening power outages or blocking roads with trees.
Damaging winds of up to 40 mph are also possible for cities along the East Coast on Tuesday, including New York and Boston.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Saturday urged New Yorkers to monitor the weather forecast and prepare for a storm system that could cause dangerous travel conditions and power outages.
“As New Yorkers prepare to celebrate the Super Bowl on Sunday, we are tracking a developing storm that will impact a large area of New York for the first part of the week,” Hochul said in a statement. “I have directed state agencies to mobilize in preparation for this storm and urge everyone to monitor weather and travel updates as it develops.”
CNN meteorologist Sarah Tonks contributed to this report.
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