Northeastern US to face rare April ice, strong winds, flooding into Monday

The northeastern United States will be faced with a wide variety of adverse weather ranging from a rare April ice storm to strong winds and flooding downpours into Monday.

Areas from upstate New York state to Maine and Massachusetts, as well as the northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan, will be at risk for some accumulation of ice.

Motorists may have to scrape ice or a wintry mix off the windshield and negotiate slippery spots in Plattsburgh, New York; Rutland, Vermont; Concord and Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Pittsfield and Worcester, Massachusetts.

Rain may even freeze on some elevated surfaces around Albany, New York.

The warming effect of the spring sun tends to minimize the buildup of ice during the daytime. However, subfreezing temperatures and rain at night can still create slippery conditions and weigh down trees and power lines, even in April.

Elevated surfaces, such as bridges and overpasses, will be most prone to a thin accumulation of ice.

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Snow hits New York in early April storm
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Snow hits New York in early April storm
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A construction worker carries a stop sign in the snow near the Brooklyn Bridge Park and I-278, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A man walk a dog in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A lone man walks in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A woman carries an umbrella in the snow as she crosses Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A woman crosses the street in the snow during the morning rush hour at Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to sleet and rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: A worker adjusts the awning to protect fruits and vegetables sitting outside at his produce store on Atlantic Avenue, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Blooming flowers are seen covered in snow on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: A dog walks down a snow covered sidewalk on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 2: Equipment from a local news television station sits in the snow on the Brooklyn Promenade, April 2, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. One day after a mild Easter Sunday, yet another winter storm rolled into New York City overnight and into this morning. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2pm and the city could see up to 4 inches of snow by midday before it changes over to rain. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Easter eggs hang from a snow covered tree on April 02, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The spring storm is expected to drop up to five inches of snow in certain parts of the northeastern United States. (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
A woman shovels snow from a walkway at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York, U.S., April 2, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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Sleet can take more heat away from road surfaces, when compared to light to moderate snow. Where sleet occurs for a time, roads can become slippery at a quick pace, even during the daytime.

The zone of ice will focus on northern New England and eastern Quebec into Monday. Any lingering ice to the south will change to the soaking rain that threatens to trigger flash flooding across the eastern mid-Atlantic and southeast New England on Monday.

Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford and Providence are among the communities at risk for the flooding downpours on Monday.

This rain can pour down heavily at times in Boston, as well, leading to travel delays and creating miserable weather for the Boston Marathon.

As the storm tracks into the Northeast, winds will also increase across the region into Monday.

Winds can gust 40-50 mph in some areas with locally higher gusts.

Such winds can down trees and cause power outages. Branches and wires weakened by the ice or trees sitting in saturated soil will be most prone to being downed.

Coastal flooding may also occur at times of high tide at the Northeast beaches.

At the same time, colder air wrapping around behind the system will allow snow showers to extend southward into the central Appalachians.

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Early 2018 winter weather across the US
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Early 2018 winter weather across the US
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 20: A view of the frozen trees and ornamentals at Whihala Beach Park with the impact of surges and extremely cold weather in Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 20, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ILLIONIS, USA - JANUARY 12: Huge waves crash onto the sidewalk of the Lake Michigan as strong winds drive huge waves reaching about 6 meters high along the Chicago shoreline after the heavy snowfall and strong winds hit Indiana, in Chicago, United States on January 12, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 9: The U.S. Capitol dome is seen surrounded by fog Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 23: Storm clouds pass over the dome of the U.S. Capitol building on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 09: Crowd of people skate on the ice rink during cold weather following snow days at the Central Park in New York City, United States on January 09, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - JANUARY 09: City staff members shovel snow during cold weather following snow days at the Central Park in New York City, United States on January 09, 2018. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: A visitor from Vietnam makes his way across the frozen Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool on January 8, 2018. A member of the National Park Service subsequently told people to leave the ice and said that 12 people had recently fallen through. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of the coast of Michigan lake frozen due to the extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of the coast of Michigan lake frozen due to the extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 6: A view of ice floating over the frozen Chicago river as extremely cold weather reaching minus 20 in the nights hits Chicago, Illionis, United States on January 6, 2018. (Photo by Bilgin S. Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: A man walks around Central Park during freezing temperatures on January 06, 2018 in New York City. The extreme conditions suffered across the United States are a result of the 'bomb cyclone' brought along by Storm Grayson. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
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