Drier weather to follow Saturday's severe storms in northeastern US
By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
July 07, 2019, 8:41:56 AM EDT
Drier air will sweep through the northeastern United States in the wake of drenching, severe thunderstorms at the start of the weekend.
On Saturday, there were over 100 reports of wind damage from Maine to Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF0 landspout tornado occurred in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. EDT. There were no reported injuries, but a security camera possibly caught the tornado on video flipping over a car.
The slow-moving nature of the downpours lead to localized flash flooding.
Officials performed multiple water rescues in Ocean Acres, New Jersey, after occupied vehicles were caught in deep flood waters on Saturday afternoon.
On Saturday night, road closures were reported due to flooding in southeastern Ohio and northern West Virginia.
Dry air will turn off the downpours from north to south through Sunday across the eastern Great Lakes, the northern Appalachians and much of New England.
While the air easing southward will be cooler, it will only be slight. Most of the noticeable temperature change will be felt at night across the northern half of the region.
Highs in many areas from Sunday through Monday will mainly be in the 80s. Although parts of New England and also in the mountains can expect highs in the 70s.
On Sunday, downpours are likely to persist from southern Ohio, southern Pennsylvania and much of New Jersey on south.
By Monday, the dry air will have pressed a bit farther to the south.
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However, the forward progress of the dry air is forecast to grind to a halt, so parts of the Chesapeake Bay region, much of Virginia and portions of the central Appalachians may continue to be pestered by showers and storms on Monday. Very spotty showers may dot areas from southern Pennsylvania to northern New Jersey.
Much of the Southeastern states will remain unsettled through the week.
Nearby coastal waters in the Southeast, in either the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean may allow a weak tropical feature to slowly brew during the upcoming week.
Otherwise, as the week progresses, warmth and humidity are likely to build once again over the Northeast with perhaps another round or two of showers and thunderstorms before the second week of July comes to a close.
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