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Snow, rain beginning in some areas as Thanksgiving storm moves towards east coast

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A strong storm system continues to approach the tri-state area and will arrive later today.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the northern and western suburbs for this afternoon and evening.  Snow, sleet, and freezing rain will begin this morning and continue through this afternoon. Minor accumulations of an inch or two are possible by this evening.

Rain will begin to overspread the region by mid-afternoon with some moderate showers over portions of New Jersey.  The rain becomes steadier and heavier as we progress through the evening hours with some local flooding possible. By midnight, the rain will be heavy with scattered thunderstorms in portions of the area. Total rainfall amounts will range from two to four inches with locally higher amounts.

Strong gusty winds will also be a factor with this system.  A Wind Advisory in in effect through Midnight Thursday for NYC, Long Island, and coastal New Jersey. The wind will increase later today and become strong and gusty overnight tonight.  Winds will be sustained at 20 to 30 mph with gusts ranging from 40 to 50 mph.

Heavy rain will taper off late Wednesday morning and may mix with wet snow North and West of the City.  The winds however will continue through Wednesday night into early Thanksgiving and may affect the balloons for the Parade.

The good news from this weather event is that it will bring much needed rainfall to our area. We are currently more than eight inches below normal for the autumn season.