Source: Ian Johnston, Staff Writer, NBC News
Memorial Day weekend is expected to feel more like “winter” for areas of the eastern U.S., according to forecasters at weather.com, with snow possible for parts of the Northeast.
The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings for parts of Massachusetts and Texas early Friday as much of the country continued to be hit by miserable weather. The warnings are only issued when there is the potentially for “rapid” and “life threatening” flooding.
The Tri-State area was also hit by heavy rainfall and thunderstorms through the night,NBCNewYork.com reported.
A house in Glen Rock, New Jersey, was hit by lightning, sending a couple running outside.
“It sounded like an explosion,” one resident of the house told NBCNewYork.com. The strike went through the house’s alarm system. “Pieces of plastic hit me in the back of the head and I turned around … the alarm panel blew out of the wall.”
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Some areas of the Tri-State saw as much as 3 to 4 inches of rain by Thursday night.
In Connecticut, storms brought down trees in Waterbury and there were floods in Danbury,NBCConnecticut.com reported.
Weather.com said that while the Memorial Day weekend was supposed to mark the start of the summer season “unfortunately for parts of the East, it won’t feel anything like summer. In fact, a few locales may refer to it as winter.”
“Low pressure is expected to wrap-up and crawl northward along the coast of New England late Friday into Sunday,” weather.com reported.
“As a result, most residents from New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and eastern New York to Maine will see a wet start to the weekend on Saturday,” it added. “The rain will continue over much of New England southward to near or just north of New York City right into Sunday.”
And weather.com said it could even get cold enough to see snow at higher altitudes in northern New York, northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire and northern Maine.
It said high temperatures were expected to be in the 50s and 60s from Pennsylvania and New York to New England both Saturday and Sunday.
In the Southeast, weather.com said it would be unseasonably cold with “near-record low temperatures” in Asheville, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Greenville, S.C., on Saturday morning in the 40s and low 50s.
Thunderstorms could hit Tennessee on Sunday, and parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia on Memorial Day, Weather.com warned.
There would also be a threat of thunderstorm over the holiday weekend from the Plains into the middle and upper Mississippi Valleys.
The Northwest could see showers through the weekend, while dry weather was expected to prevail in the Southwest.