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Stormy weather to kick off 1st weekend of summer in northeastern US

AccuWeather logo AccuWeather 6/22/2018 Alex Sosnowski
Friday's forecast © AccuWeather Friday's forecast

A storm will crawl through the northeastern part of the nation during the first weekend of summer with rounds of drenching showers and thunderstorms.

"June is a popular time for graduations and weddings, but the weather may not cooperate with these plans, other outdoor activities and travel this weekend," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

Drenching downpours have already clobbered parts of the Northeast this week. Portions of Virginia have been the latest spots to be hit with flooding downpours. In addition to flooding in Richmond, water rescues were performed between Louisa and Mineral, Virginia, early Friday.

"Overall, Saturday is likely to be the wettest of the two weekend days for the mid-Atlantic, central Appalachians and southwestern New England, but it could rain just about everywhere during both days of the weekend," Duffey said.

Duffey stated that the steadiest rain may extend from central New York state and central Pennsylvania eastward to the upper New Jersey coast, southeastern New York state and southwestern New England on Saturday.

Saturday's forecast © AccuWeather Saturday's forecast

Drenching downpours have already clobbered parts of the Northeast this week. Portions of Virginia have been the latest spots to be hit with flooding downpours. In addition to flooding in Richmond, water rescues were performed between Louisa and Mineral, Virginia, early Friday.

"Overall, Saturday is likely to be the wettest of the two weekend days for the mid-Atlantic, central Appalachians and southwestern New England, but it could rain just about everywhere during both days of the weekend," Duffey said.

Duffey stated that the steadiest rain may extend from central New York state and central Pennsylvania eastward to the upper New Jersey coast, southeastern New York state and southwestern New England on Saturday.

Through Saturday, the best chance of locally heavy thunderstorms and perhaps the greatest risk of flash and urban-style flooding is likely to be from Ohio and western Pennsylvania to West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and southern New Jersey.

People heading to the Astronomy Festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday should be prepared to dodge downpours and be mindful of the risk of thunderstorms.

On Sunday, the main storm is forecast to exit eastern Maine in the morning. Overall, the storm's departure should translate to less rain, less often over the region. It may also allow the sun to break out in a number of locations, while some showers and storms can erupt during the afternoon and evening in other locations.

Sunday forecast © AccuWeather Sunday forecast

It is possible the bulk of the downpours occur north and west of Interstate 95 during the afternoon. Some of these storms may encroach on the coast toward evening.

One or more of the MLB games scheduled in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., could be delayed or postponed this weekend due to the rain.

Torrential downpours forced the postponement of the MLB game in Pittsburgh during Wednesday evening. Flooding occurred in the Pittsburgh area, including at the stadium, where 1-4 inches of rain fell in as many hours.

Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse attendant Scott Bennett carries bats through a flooded tunnel from the dugout after a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers was called due to rain in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. © AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar Pittsburgh Pirates clubhouse attendant Scott Bennett carries bats through a flooded tunnel from the dugout after a baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers was called due to rain in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Motorists are advised never to attempt to drive through flooded roads since the water may be much deeper than it appears and/or the road surface may have been washed away.

During early next week, dry air is projected to punch in from Ontario and Quebec. Sunshine and low humidity will return to the region on Monday and Tuesday. Dry and sunny conditions may hold in New England and along the mid-Atlantic coast on Wednesday as well.


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