Storm brings strong winds, heavy rain and some snow to Midwest, Northeast

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A spiraling low pressure system will continue to deliver a trifecta of inclement weather to portions of the Great Lakes and Northeast through Thursday. Those impacts include strong winds, locally heavy rainfall that will contribute to commuting hassles, and even a little snow.

Strong winds from the storm system have already caused scattered power outages in several states, including parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and Virginia.

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Let's break down the impacts below starting with the winds.

Strong Winds Downing Tree Limbs, Causing Power Outages

The main threat of strong winds through Thursday will come from two different sources.

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New York Police officers stand in a steady rain while waiting for the conclusion of a funeral service for Officer Randolph Holder, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
A Penn State student walks in the rain past Old Main on the Penn State main campus in State College, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton walks through the rain after a campaign stop at the Moulton Farm Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Meredith, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
A pedestrian walks in light rain in Lincoln Park, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Albany, N.Y. The National Weather Service has issued high wind watches and advisories from New York's Lake Erie shore to the Adirondacks as remnants of Hurricane Patricia move across the region. About 3,000 utility customers are without power Wednesday afternoon, most of them in western and central New York. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Kansas City Royals fans wait in the rain before Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the New York Mets Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A spectator runs past spectator seating in the rain before Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Grounds crew work around a tarp protecting the infield from rain before Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: A detailed view of the infield tarp as rain falls prior to Game One of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on October 27, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Central Park and Tavern on the Green are in the background as heavy rain fall during Faces of the TCS New York City Marathon press conference October 28, 2015 in preparation for the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon to be held November 1, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Police officers stand in a steady rain while waiting for the conclusion of a funeral service for Officer Randolph Holder , Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 28: Horses make their way around the track as rain falls at Keeneland Racecourse during Breeder's Cup workouts on October 28, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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First, bands of rain and thunderstorms are producing strong wind gusts ahead of a cold front across parts of the Eastern Seaboard from New Jersey to parts of New York and New England. The strong wind gusts over 50 mph may lead to some power outages and downed trees and limbs into Thursday morning.

Locations with the greatest chance for damaging wind gusts are shaded red on our thunderstorm forecast map. However, strong wind gusts are also possible in the areas shaded orange. In areas farther north, these strong gusts may occur simply with bands of rain without lightning.

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Wind gusts as of Wednesday night had reached 53 miles per hour at Huntington, Vermont and 52 miles per hour at Warwick, Rhode Island.

In addition, the pressure gradient around the large-scale low pressure system pivoting into eastern Canada will produce strong winds over a larger area of the Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes overnight. Those strong winds will persist over the Great Lakes through Thursday.

Most locations will see sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with higher gusts. However, even stronger winds with gusts in excess of 60 mph are possible along the east and southeast shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario. The National Weather Service continues high wind warnings for some of those locations. Tree damage, power outages and lakeshore flooding are possible.

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Wind advisories and high wind warnings have also been issued in parts of New York and New England. Wind gusts up to 60 mph in coastal Maine may lead to power outages and downed tree limbs.

(INTERACTIVE: Wind Alerts Map)

Locally Heavy Rain Lingers

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Steady rainfall, heavy at times, will continue to spread through the coastal Mid-Atlantic region and Northeast into early Thursday. Here's an overview of the forecast timing showing when you can expect travel hassles.

Thursday: Lingering showers and isolated thunderstorms will exit eastern New England by mid to late morning. A few additional showers may move through eastern New York and New England later in the day. Lake-effect rain or snow bands are possible in the northern and eastern Great Lakes.

(CITIES: Boston | Providence)

A Little Snow From Fleeting Cold Air

The powerful low-pressure system will allow some colder air to sweep through the Midwest into Thursday. It's not an unusually cold air mass for late October, with high temperatures about 5 to 10 degrees below average in most spots across the region.

However, the combination of strong winds and chilly temperatures will produce wind chill values in the 10s and 20s across parts of the Upper Midwest and northern Plains Thursday morning.

However, just enough moisture and cold air may combine to bring snow or a rain-snow mix to parts of the Upper Midwest into early Thursday. Any slushy accumulations should be minor, and confined to elevated or grassy surfaces in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Other parts of the North Star State were also coated with an inch or two of fresh powder on Wednesday.



Temperatures will quickly turn milder by this weekend across the Midwest, with high temperatures rising above average.

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Motorists drive through heavy rain along Ninth Avenue, Thursday, July 30, 2015 in New York. More showers are predicted through the night, but skies are expected to clear by Friday morning. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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