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Northeastern US: Rain, thunderstorms to interfere with holiday weekend plans

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
April 20, 2019, 3:17:39 PM EDT

The same storm system that spawned severe weather across the South and mid-Atlantic to end the week is overspreading the Northeast this holiday weekend.

While the risk for severe thunderstorms has waned, there can be localized incidents of flash flooding.

NE Sat 4.20

"The most disruptive weather is expected to shift into New England, with the greatest chance for flooding across Maine," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Edwards said. Urban areas in southern New England can also expect some flooding to develop in low-lying and poor drainage areas.

Roads can quickly become slick at the onset of the rain, with standing water increasing the risk of hydroplaning for anyone driving at highway speeds. Visibility will drop in times of heavy rain, further threatening those on the road.

East downpours April 20

Spotty showers can dampen parts, but not all of the day across the Ohio Valley, mid-Atlantic and New York state.

Still, these showers can disrupt those taking part in Easter egg hunts and other holiday gatherings.

A few isolated thunderstorms with small hail can also rumble, threatening anyone outdoors.

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Anyone planning to drive through the region on interstates 87, 90, 91 or 95 on Saturday should pad their travel plans with extra time to account for slowed traffic.

Between the rain and gusty winds blowing into the Northeast, airline travel can also be impacted.

Unsettled NE April 20

While heavy rain is expected to end early on Sunday morning, showers will continue to dampen parts of the Northeast on Easter.

The entire day will not be a washout, but the showers can interfere festivities.

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