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New nor’easter to hit U.S., UK expects storm, Hola to batter New Zealand

Staff Writer |
Another nor’easter is taking aim at the northeastern United States with a swath of disruptive snow and wind early in the new week.

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The same storm spreading quick-hitting snow through the central U.S. and downpours across the South is expected to rapidly strengthen offshore of the East Coast Monday into Tuesday.

The storm may undergo bombogenesis, but the projected path of the storm should keep the strongest and most damaging winds offshore.

However, the storm is still anticipated to track close enough to threaten the coast with gusty winds and coastal flooding and spread disruptive snow from the southern mid-Atlantic to New England.

As the storm tracks to the coast, snow or rain changing to snow is expected to unfold from Kentucky to Virginia and North Carolina Sunday night into Monday.

Several inches of snow may accumulate across southwestern Virginia and the northern mountains of North Carolina. Motorists planning to travel on interstates 64, 77 and 81 on Monday morning can face reduced visibility and slick travel.

A storm system that is bringing heavy rain and strong wind to northern Spain and Portugal will provide Wales and England with unsettled conditions on Monday.

This storm was named Storm Felix by the State Meteorological Agency of Spain and threatened to produce flash flooding and wind damage to portions of the Iberian Peninsula.

While the storm will weaken was it passes near southern England on Monday, it will still bring a gusty wind and periods of rain. Some of the rain will by showery and thundery across eastern England.

Communities across Wales South West England are most likely to see lengthier spells of rain and a cloudy sky on Monday. A gusty northwest wind will cause it of feel like a cooler day, though temperatures will be close to average.

Temperature highs across much of southern Britain are expected to be within a degree to two of 10 C (50 F).

Wind gusts of 25-35 mph (40-55 km/h) could make holding onto umbrellas difficult.

A round of heavy rain and gusty winds will threaten the North Island of New Zealand Sunday night into Monday as Tropical Rainstorm Hola arrives.

Hola is currently a Category 2 tropical cyclone on the Fiji intensity scale, comparable to a tropical storm in the Atlantic or east Pacific basin.

Unfavorable conditions will cause Hola to transition from a cyclone to a tropical rainstorm Sunday, but the North Island will still need to brace for a round of heavy rain and strong winds as Hola makes a pass over or nearby Sunday night into Monday.

Rain and wind will begin to batter the Northland and Auckland regions as early as Sunday night and will spread to the southeast on Monday. The heaviest rain and strongest winds will batter the island during the daylight hours on Monday.

Rainfall of 25 to 75 mm (1 to 3 inches) is expected with the locally higher amounts across the mountainous areas. This can lead to flooding issues, especially in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

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