Winter storms blast both coasts

The winter storm that has crossed the northeastern U.S. on Tuesday is beginning to exit the East Coast, with lingering snow across much of New England on Wednesday and lake effect snow downwind of the Great Lakes. A band of rain with some embedded thunderstorms is expected across the coastal portion of the Southeast U.S. and Florida early on Wednesday before a cold front advects cooler and drier conditions to the region.

Coastal and lower elevation rain, along with heavy mountain snow, is forecast to continue across much of the western states as multiple fronts move onshore through the end of the week. Conditions will be favorable for very heavy rain along the central and southern California coast and nearby mountains, which will maintain an elevated risk for flash flooding, and possible debris flows near recent wildfire burn scar areas.