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Seemingly relentless wet weather pattern to bring more rain, storms to Northeast

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a close up of a map: Thurs NE Regional Static © Provided by Accuweather, Inc Thurs NE Regional Static Those tired of the seemingly endless weather pattern bringing frequent rounds of soaking rain to the Northeast since the summer of 2018 should expect no end to the onslaught in the near future.

In the near term, the same storm system that brought flooding downpours and severe weather to Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday will spread another round of steady, to at times heavy, rain and thunderstorms into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast late this week.

Although dry and pleasantly mild weather will grace New England on Thursday, showers will already begin dampening areas from southern Pennsylvania to northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey.

The clouds and showers will also keep conditions on the chilly side in parts of central and southern Pennsylvania, with high temperatures stuck in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit for most.

As the storm system responsible for the stormy weather tracks into the eastern Great Lakes by Friday afternoon, more widespread, persistent rain will overspread the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Friday.

"The unsettled weather pattern will mean that residents should keep rain gear handy and prepare for potential disruptions to some outdoor activities late this week," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

She added that delays or postponements could spoil plans to attend baseball games on Friday.

The combination of recent rain and snowmelt has brought many rivers out of their banks across northern New England. The Connecticut River at Dalton, New Hampshire, could return to minor flood stage by the weekend after reaching a crest at 22 feet early this week.

With an additional half to 2 inches of rain expected in most locations from Virginia to Maine through Friday, ongoing flooding can be exacerbated and new flooding issues triggered.

At the very least, standing water on roadways and flooding of poor drainage and low-lying areas is expected.

Motorists with travel plans along interstates 66, 70, 80, 81, 83, 90 and 95 should allow extra time to get to their destinations and be prepared for slowdowns and delays.

Inbound and outbound flights are likely to be delayed or possibly even canceled in the major hubs from Washington, D.C., to Boston as the rain and storms roll in.

In addition, the potential exists for some locally severe thunderstorms to erupt from eastern Virginia to southern parts of Maryland and Delaware.

a close up of a map: Northeast Fri Static © Provided by Accuweather, Inc Northeast Fri Static

While the risk for damaging winds and tornadoes will be less than what it was on Wednesday and will be on Thursday in the Deep South, the strongest storms may still knock down power lines and trigger isolated power outages.

Because the ground is and has been very wet recently, it would only take wind gusts of 40-50 mph to topple some weaker trees.

Anybody with outdoor plans in the East on Friday should keep a close eye on the sky, monitor the latest severe weather watches and warnings and be sure to move indoors when thunderstorms approach.

You are close enough to be struck by lightning if you can hear thunder.

Unfortunately, AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok does not anticipate a change to the weather pattern through at least the first week of May.

"The Northeast will continue to have showery weather and some thunderstorm activity during the beginning of May," said Pastelok.

Even before May arrives, another storm system will send rain back into parts of the Northeast later this weekend after a brief break in the wet weather on Saturday.

Download the free AccuWeather app for more details on when rain and thunderstorms will impact your community. Keep checking back for updates on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

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