Tuesday Rain, Storms to Put Brakes on Warmup in East

By , Senior Meteorologist
April 22, 2014; 9:19 PM ET
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Rain and thunderstorms spreading to the East on Tuesday will put the brakes on the warmup following Easter weekend.

After spreading into the Midwest--rattling Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis in the process--on Monday, showers and thunderstorms will continue to track to the East and central Gulf coasts Tuesday through Tuesday night.

Odds favor the storminess waiting until later Tuesday reach the I-95 corridor. Boston and Portland should even remain dry through the daylight hours.

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It is not out of the question that one or two thunderstorms become strong enough to unleash damaging winds and/or hail from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., southward.

The majority of Tuesday's showers and thunderstorms will instead prove to be disruptive to travelers and those with outdoor plans.

Even though severe weather will be limited, lightning remains a danger from any thunderstorm. If you hear thunder, remember that you are close enough to be struck by lightning.

The wet weather later Tuesday could impact the Major League Baseball games between the Los Angeles Angels and Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C., and the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets in New York City.

While the game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at Fenway Park should start on a dry note, showers may arrive before the last out.

Other outdoor activities and sporting events may be forced inside, delayed or canceled.

While widespread heavy rain is not expected, enough rain could fall to trigger localized flash flooding issues across northern New England where rivers are running high and the ground is saturated from recent rain and melting snow.

The rain will end as snow showers in the mountains of northern New England Tuesday night and Wednesday. There may even be enough cold air in place for wet snowflakes to fly Wednesday morning in the higher terrain of New York State and northwestern Pennsylvania.

The cooldown in the wake of Tuesday's showers and thunderstorms will be far less dramatic than what was experienced earlier this week, preventing more places from seeing yet another round of wet snow or snow pellets.

Across the East, the cooler air will be noticed the most by residents and visitors to the Northeast on Wednesday. In addition to temperatures tumbling, brisk winds will blow and create lower AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures.

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