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Gloomy Weather Slowly Leaving the Mid-Atlantic

An end to the days of gloomy weather for the mid-Atlantic is finally in sight, but is coming very slowly for some.

High pressure building southward from eastern Canada will continue to force the stubborn nor'easter in a similar fashion through Columbus Day.

Dry weather and partly sunny skies will replace the clouds, rain, drizzle and wind that have been dominating the mid-Atlantic's weather recently as the high wins out over the nor'easter.

Residents and visitors of New York City no longer need to carry an umbrella, but those in Philadelphia will want to keep one handy through Saturday night. The same can be said for Harrisburg, Pa. and Atlantic City, N.J.

It will take until Sunday afternoon for Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md. and State College, Pa., to fully dry out, then on Monday for Richmond, Va.

On Monday, the gloomy conditions will be centered on eastern North Carolina as a cold front causes a shower or two to dot places from the St. Lawrence Valley to the eastern Great Lakes.

By midweek is when eastern North Carolina and the East Coast will be totally rid of the storm and its dreariness.

The rain through Monday is not expected to be heavy, preventing a repeat of the flash flooding that occurred in parts of southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland on Thursday into Friday.

The rain will instead be on the light side, with a few pockets of moderate rainfall, and more of a nuisance to those with outdoor plans through Columbus Day. With the rain also generally spotty in nature, there will be parts of the weekend where dry weather will briefly prevail.

Swimmers and operators of small craft at the mid-Atlantic and Carolina beaches should use caution, even after the dry weather returns.

As the storm sinks southward, the threat of rough seas, beach erosion, rip currents and coastal flooding at times of high tide will also shift in a similar fashion--just at a slower pace than the rain.

While the danger gradually subsides over New Jersey and the New York area through Monday, it will persist along the beaches in Delaware and Maryland and increase at the Virginia Capes and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

"Waters from Delaware to North Carolina are likely to average 1 to 2 feet above published levels," stated Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

"Tides will continue to run a bit above normal along the Chesapeake Bay, rivers and harbors in Virginia and Maryland through the weekend," Sosnowski added.

Even beachgoers down to northeastern Florida on Monday will notice an increase in seas.