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Rain, Storms to Soak Nashville, Cincinnati

A batch of slow-moving showers and thunderstorms will spread the threat of flooding from Illinois to Virginia heading into the new week.

Umbrellas will be put to good use as the cluster of soaking showers and storms progresses eastward, affecting cities such as Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee; Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; Charleston, West Virginia; and Roanoke, Virginia.

Flooding is expected to be the primary concern as rainfall amounts may top an inch in just a few hours; enough to flood some roadways and low-lying areas.

The cluster of drenching showers and thunderstorms will eventually reach the coast of the mid-Atlantic by Tuesday with the heaviest rain affecting a swath of the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Richmond, Virginia.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski warns that these storms can create travel delays as they move through, especially on the roadways. This includes the Tuesday morning commute for those in the mid-Atlantic.

"Even if flooding fails to ensue, the downpours would create hazards to motorists by dramatically reducing visibility and heightening the risk of vehicles hydroplaning at highway speeds," Pydynowski said.

Those traveling north up I-95 or I-81 on Tuesday can expect weather conditions to slowly improve as high pressure promotes dry weather over New England.

Two hundred miles may be all that stands between a dry and sunny day and an area that has clouds and rain for a good portion of Tuesday.

The mid-Atlantic will remain the focal point of showers and thunderstorms through midweek with the unsettled weather moving into New York and southern New England.

Although the flood threat is not expected to be as high on Wednesday and Thursday, travel delays and impacts on outdoor events should still be expected.