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Following a bright, dry and increasingly mild weekend in the northeastern United States, a rainy midweek is in store for the region.
For many in the Northeast, this past weekend was the first stretch of sunshine and seasonable temperatures of the season. However, a storm that is soaking the southeastern U.S. is poised to sweep up the East Coast through the first half of the week.
"Anyone with outdoor plans across the Northeast will want to get them in on Monday because the return of rain is on the horizon," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
Residents of the Ohio Valley, West Virginia and Virginia will see a sharp uptick in cloud cover on Monday afternoon, followed soon after by the first waves of rain showers.
Rain is then expected to spread northeastward through Pennsylvania, southwestern New York, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey, through Tuesday evening.
"This means that rain will arrive much quicker in Pittsburgh than Philadelphia," Pydynowski said.
A mainly sunny morning commute along the Interstate-95 corridor will contrast an increasingly cloudy and damp evening rush hour.
Rain will continue to spread from south to north across the region Tuesday into Wednesday, along with gusty winds, which will also spread up the coast and churn up rough seas for operators of small craft, Pydynowski warned.
"Widespread flooding is not expected, but there can be pockets of heavier rain that can reduce visibility for motorists and lead to standing water on roads, which increases the risk of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds."
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Wednesday is anticipated to be a wet day for the whole of the northeastern U.S., while rain will likely be limited to New England by Thursday.
"Once again, Major League Baseball games could be in jeopardy of being delayed or postponed. This includes the games in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Baltimore."
The Northeast is not experiencing drought conditions, but the rain will be beneficial for agriculture and gardening as planting season gets underway.
Following this rainfall, residents are likely to notice a significant green-up of lawns and local flora as freezing temperatures remain at bay.
"How quickly the storm moves through the region will determine if some sunshine returns on Thursday, or if residents will have to deal with another dreary day," Pydynowski said.
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