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Heavy Rain to Bring Travel Disruptions Across Plains, Ohio Valley

A disturbance darting across the Plains through the Ohio Valley will not only bring a wet end to the week for some, but it also will bring the threat for travel disruptions.

A swath of drenching rainfall is expected to begin across Kansas and Oklahoma Thursday night and spread east across the Ohio Valley through Friday night.

Cities that will be soaked include Kansas City, Saint Louis, Memphis, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville.

Travel delays are expected from the rain, which could fall at heavy rates at times. Low visibility and slow traffic will increase travel time for folks heading to and from work or other events.

Most of the rain will be found across the Plains to the central Mississippi Valley Thursday night into Friday. The best chance for heavy rain for the Ohio Valley will come late Friday.

Slow travel may be found on major interstates, including I-44, I-55, I-64 and I-70. Alternative routes may need to be taken for those with strict time deadlines.

Folks should be on alert for wet roadways that could reduce stopping time. Always give yourself proper spacing between vehicles.

Don't forget to pack and umbrella or a rainjacket so you are not caught out in the rain unprepared. Check AccuWeather's MinuteCast® to know when the rain will start and end. It has the minute-by-minute forecast for your exact location. Type your city name, select MinuteCast, and input your street address. On mobile, you can also use your GPS location.

Rainfall totals from the storm will generally range between a half inch and two inches across Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. However, some rain gauges may exceed two inches.

"Enough rain will fall to cause a few incidents of flooding on roads in low-lying and poor drainage areas, but widespread flooding is not expected", said Meteorologist Mike Doll.

The heaviest rain may produce a small swath of inch per hour rainfall rates, which will elevate the risk for flash flooding. Roads and streets could briefly turn into lakes, especially if any nearby drains are clogged with fallen leaves.

Wintry weather is not expected with this storm across the Plains and Ohio Valley due to the absence of cold air. However, Kansas City to Saint Louis could see freezing drizzle Thursday morning before this storm arrives.

The storm will meet colder air as it heads into the mid-Atlantic and Northeast at the end of the week. Icy weather will occur with some hazardous travel expected during the weekend.