A soggy weekend is in store for the Northeast with numerous showers and thunderstorms expected to sweep across the region.
There could be a few strong storms both on Saturday and Sunday with localized gusty winds, but a widespread outbreak of severe weather is not expected.
On Saturday, showers and thunderstorms, some heavy, will form in the eastern Great Lakes and Ohio Valley and move east and northeast, reaching eastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania, the Washington, D.C., area and central Virginia late afternoon.
Showers and thunderstorms will move into New York City, Philadelphia and Richmond, Va., on Saturday night and perhaps into Boston by early Sunday morning.
During the day on Sunday, showers and thunderstorms will be scattered across the entire Northeast.
Thunderstorms can contain downpours anywhere in the Northeast and bring minor flooding to low lying and poor drainage areas.
The heaviest rainfall amounts, and subsequently the highest threat for flooding, will be across the Appalachians into upstate New York and southern Quebec Province.
Rainfall of 1-2 inches is possible in those areas with locally higher amounts. Street flooding and rising water levels on creeks and rivers is possible.
Travel on roads throughout the Northeast will be hazardous at times due to reduced visibility during heavy downpours. Where more frequent downpours occur, travel will become treacherous from ponding of water.
It is extremely dangerous to drive through a flooded roadway. If you encounter high water the best course of action is to safely turn around and find an alternate route. In addition to delays on the roads there will be some delays at the airports.
Showers and a few thunderstorms are expected for portions of the Northeast early next week and temperatures over most areas will be below normal.
Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mike Doll