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Damaging winds, heavy rain to blast eastern US on Wednesday

The same storm responsible for blizzard conditions and severe weather in the central United States on Tuesday will bring the risk of damaging winds, flooding and travel disruptions to parts of the East on Wednesday.

Strong winds produced by the storm system will continue to push eastward. Gusts topping 50 mph are possible with the potential to knock down trees, produce minor property damage and cause sporadic power outages, both with and without thunder and lightning.

The high wind threat will affect the Ohio Valley, lower Great Lakes into Wednesday morning and in parts of the central Appalachians during the morning and midday hours on Wednesday.

The damaging wind threat will extend to part of the Atlantic Seaboard during Wednesday afternoon and evening.

In addition to the potential for damaging wind gusts, flash, urban and small stream flooding can occur with the drenching rain along much of the Atlantic Seaboard.

In parts of the mid-Atlantic region, blocked storm drains can add to the extent of street flooding. Large piles of snow remain in some neighborhoods, following the blizzard during late January.

The rainstorm will wipe out much of the remaining snow cover from the recent mid-Atlantic blizzard.

Since a large amount of the snow has already melted in advance of the rain, major flooding along the larger rivers is unlikely. However, unprotected low-lying areas along streams and rivers could take on water rather quickly on Wednesday.

At the very least, enough heavy rain and wind will occur on Wednesday to cause a slow commute on the highways and can lead to substantial flight delays from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; New York City and Boston.

According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Lada, "The excess water on roads can also cause some vehicles to hydroplane."

At times, the bursts of rain and wind can bring a sudden and dramatic drop in visibility, which will add to the dangers for those on the highways.

"The worst of the rain, wind and disruptions are likely during the afternoon and evening rush hour in the Interstate 95 corridor of the Northeast," Lada said.

Meanwhile, the potential for locally severe thunderstorms will extend from northern Florida to southeastern Virginia on Wednesday afternoon and evening. In addition to the threat for damaging wind gusts and lightning strikes, a couple of tornadoes are possible.

In the wake of the Wednesday deluge and strong winds, cooler and tranquil weather conditions are in store late in the week and during the weekend.

A couple of storms bear watching during the first part of next week and Old Man Winter may still have something to say in the Northeast into March.