|A poorly timed cold front produced heavy rain and snarled traffic during the Tuesday evening commute in Montreal. (ValleyWX)|
|The current NHC forecast track for Joaquin.|
Another major player in the flood potential shaping up along the east coast will be the future track of tropical storm Joaquin. The storm developed in the Atlantic this week and is located 240 miles east northeast of the Bahamas this morning. Joaquin has 70 mph winds but is strengthening and will likely reach hurricane status today. Joaquin is expected to drift west southwest over the next 24 hours before moving north. The storm may impact portions of the eastern US and Canada beginning as early as Sunday with torrential rain. One forecast model has the storm approaching northern New England and southern Quebec by late Monday. Another has it remaining over the Atlantic. This storm will have to be monitored very closely, especially for coastal regions from North Carolina to Nova Scotia. The National Hurricane Center forecast models have Joaquin reaching Category 2 strength with winds in excess of 100mph. With most of the area from the middle Atlantic north being saturated with the current rain event, the potential for major flooding is very real.