Drenching and gusty thunderstorms threaten to ruin weekend plans up and down the East Coast into this evening.
Today started with heavy thunderstorms rattling the central Gulf Coast, leading to flooded and impassible streets in North Slidell, La., early this morning.
Other streets and highways could face a similar fate into this evening as additional drenching thunderstorms rumble along the corridor from Savannah, Ga., to Norfolk, Va., to New York City to Boston, Mass., to Lebanon, N.H., and Portland, Maine.
Rainfall rates of an inch or more an hour in some of the thunderstorms through this evening will easily overwhelm storm drains, causing water to flood streets and basements.
Water could pond on roadways, significantly heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds.
In any downpour, it is better to seek shelter than use your umbrella if lightning is also present.
Even where flooding does not ensue, motorists should use caution as the downpours will dramatically reduce visibility.
Heavy bursts of rain could also lead to flooding of low-lying, poor drainage and urban areas.
"Small streams can rapidly rise and overflow their banks," warned AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
It is not just blinding and flooding downpours AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned about. A handful of the thunderstorms have and will become severe with damaging winds and frequent lightning.
Violent thunderstorms will even expand northwestward to the southern St. Lawrence Valley, home to Montreal, into this evening. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out here, while waterspouts remain a concern along the shores of lakes Erie and Ontario.
Residents and visitors along the East Coast will find that Sunday will actually be a better day for outdoor plans than this afternoon.
A shower or thunderstorm will continue to dot the region to close out the weekend, but this activity will be spotty and there will be less of a severe weather and flooding downpour threat.
The exception will be across eastern New England, including Boston. Additional thunderstorms triggering localized flash flooding are expected.
Some cooler weather is in store for Chicago this week as thunderstorms roll into the area around late week.
A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas and Kansas.
A large storm will form over the eastern half of the nation next week and will bring a swath of unsettled conditions for days.
Stormy weather will continue in the Dallas area through Thursday morning, but conditions will improve on Friday.
A slow-moving low pressure system will make residents of the Northwest reach for their raincoats and umbrellas each day through the remainder of the week.
Surviving a flight in the wheel well of a commercial aircraft is possible, but highly unlikely due to subzero temperatures and thinner air than what is found at the peak of Mount Everest.
Mauna Kea & Mauna Lea, HI (1995)
6" of snow above 13,500 feet.
Mississippi & Alabama (1908)
Tornado swarm: 155 killed in Mississippi; 37 perish in Alabama.
Helena, MT (1960)
19.4" of snow; up to 30" in higher elevations.