Pleasant weather awaits a large portion of the Eastern Seaboard later this week, but first rain and gusty thunderstorms will put a damper on the remainder of Tuesday.
Bands of rain will continue to press northeastward across the mid-Atlantic and into New England this afternoon.
Tonight, the rain will become focused on the St. Lawrence Valley and New England with the steadiest rain falling north of Interstate 90. The wet weather will then shift to Atlantic Canada on Wednesday.
Widespread flash flooding is not expected, but there will be pockets of downpours that create slow downs on area highways and interstates.
The rain is actually good news for residents from western New York to central Pennsylvania, where the United States Drought Monitor reported last Thursday that a moderate drought was occurring.
South of the steadiest rain, showers and thunderstorms will rumble across the mid-Atlantic into this evening.
With hot and humid air in places, some of the thunderstorms could turn severe from Albany to Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. into the evening hours.
Damaging winds are the main danger. "There can even be a couple of isolated tornadoes," stated AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait.
In the wake of the rain and gusty thunderstorms from this afternoon and tonight, spottier showers and thunderstorms will linger across the Northeast on Wednesday.
Beyond that, Thursday and Friday are shaping up to be delightful days weather-wise across New England and the mid-Atlantic. Dry weather, low humidity and comfortable daytime temperatures will prevail with high pressure in control.
Even places down to Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina will enjoy a break from the recent high humidity on Thursday.
The only exception to the dry weather on Thursday will be across northern New England where a shower or thunderstorm will persist for one additional day.
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North Dakota & Minnesota (1975)
(1st-4th) Heavy rains in eastern ND and north- western MN caused disastrous flooding of the Red River. The river crested 16 feet above flood stage at Fargo. Worst flooding in ND history to date caused $1 billion property damage and washed out bridges. "Much of the farmland is one big ocean with white caps on farm fields under 2-3 feet of water."
Stampede Pass, WA (1979)
A total of 5.8 inches of snow at 3,800 feet. (5.8 inches is a new record snowfall for July; the old record was 5.4 inches.)
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First of six straight days with measurable rain. (A total of 4.60 inches fell over the six-day period.)