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December thaw to bring warmth, rain, flooding to Mid-Atlantic and New England

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A significant warm-up will occur this weekend from the southeast states all the way up the eastern seaboard. Temperatures may reach the mid 70s in Virginia; 60s in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey; and 50s in parts of New England. The warm thermometer readings will be accompanied by rainfall, occasionally heavy, that will fall over the weekend. There may even be some thundershowers in some places. What makes this problematic is that a significant portion of the northeast is under a snow pack, which will contribute to the potential for flooding. Flooding concerns will be highest in Pennsylvania and upstate New York, as well as inland Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. The only uncertainty at this time is the extent northward that the unseasonably warm temperatures will reach. At this time, the deep snowpack of Vermont, New Hampshire, and inland Maine may hold against readings that will only reach the 40s. The factors that will contribute to this "December thaw" include a cold front that will move from west to east toward the coast from Friday through Sunday. A counterclockwise flow around high pressure will enable warmth to surge northward ahead of the advancing cold front. Once the front clears the coast, much colder air will overspread the Middle Atlantic states and New England on Monday and Tuesday of next week. In fact, parts of New England may see rain end as snow showers on Monday. Here are the National Weather Service forecasts for select locations:

Hagerstown, MD

Scranton, PA

Saratoga Springs, NY

Hartford, CT

Springfield, MA

Manchester, NH

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