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Slow-Moving Storm to Produce Soaking Rain Across Eastern US to Start December

Rain will return across much of the eastern U.S. to begin the last month of 2015.

While much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast had below-normal precipitation for the month of November, the month of December will start out wet.

This rain will develop ahead of a slow-moving cold front that will push eastward toward the East Coast into Wednesday.

Soggy for the Northeast Midweek

Accompanying this rain will be a surge of milder air, with temperatures 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit above average through Wednesday.

Those heading to and from work through Wednesday will deal with wet roads and possible travel delays.

Umbrellas and rain jackets will be needed for anyone heading outdoors through Wednesday in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

While much of the region will deal with a steady light rain through Tuesday, heavier rainfall is likely from the mid-Atlantic to New England on Wednesday into Wednesday night.

"Some brief icy conditions may develop early on Tuesday across eastern New York and for much of Tuesday across northern New England," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.

Those traveling across the higher elevations of northern New England early on Tuesday should give yourself extra time to reach your destination as roads could be slippery.

"This precipitation will quickly change over to rain as warmer air punches into the area with the passage of a warm front," Rossio added.

A storm system is expected to develop along the cold front across the southern Appalachians on Wednesday morning and track northeastward into Thursday bringing a steadier and heavier rain into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast states.

"A new storm will develop along the cold front on Wednesday and bring a midweek soaker to the Interstate 95 corridor," Rossio said.

Some locations could receive up to an inch of rain through Wednesday night.

Rain is likely to stick around for anyone heading to New York City for the Christmas tree lighting in Rockefeller Center on Wednesday evening.

As this storm tracks north and east on Thursday, cooler air will return to the region and bring the chance of spotty rain and snow showers across the Great Lakes.

A significant snowfall is likely across Maine on Thursday where snow totals could reach 10 inches in some spots.

Drier conditions will build across the Interstate 95 corridor on Thursday, providing excellent viewing conditions for the lighting of the Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.

Dry conditions will hold across the eastern U.S. for this weekend as an area of high pressure will be in control of the weather. Conditions will be favorable for anyone heading outdoors to hang up lights and holiday decorations.

This rain will be a welcome sight for portions of the Northeast as areas from Long Island to southwestern Maine are experiencing moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.