Drenching rain to soak eastern US into Saturday

By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather.com senior meteorologist.
May 23, 2016, 6:22:55 AM EDT

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Drenching rain will sweep across much of the eastern United States as the weekend begins.

The rain will spread into the mid-Atlantic region into Saturday. The rain will reach the New York City area later Saturday afternoon.


Enough rain can fall on portions of the Southern and mid-Atlantic states, including the southern and central Appalachians, to cause travel delays.

Motorists should anticipate poor travel conditions due to heavy rain and poor visibility. Motorists will need to slow down in areas of heavy rain to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

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Enough rain will fall to cause water to collect in poor drainage areas along some streets, intersections and underpasses with this storm.

A low cloud ceiling at area airports could lead to airline delays including Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Philadelphia and New York City.

In the Southeastern states, the brief buildup of warmth ahead of the storm can trigger locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms, ahead of and south of the steadier rain.

During Saturday, locally heavy, gusty thunderstorms are possible from the Florida Peninsula to the coastal areas of the Carolinas.

Part of the Sunshine State was hit hard with heavy thunderstorms and flash flooding on Tuesday into Tuesday night.

A brief period of above-normal tides and minor coastal flooding can occur at times of high tide centered from Saturday into Saturday night along the mid-Atlantic coast. An onshore flow from the storm, combined with the impact of the full moon may be enough to push tides 1-2 feet above normal.

A stray shower could pop up during the afternoon and evening hours in Charlotte for the NASCAR All-Star race Saturday evening.

The heaviest rain may depart in time for the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday evening, following a thorough soaking much of the day.

While the weather will clear and warm up over much of the central Appalachians on Sunday, clouds, spotty rain and cool air are likely to linger in the coastal mid-Atlantic to southern New England into early next week.


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