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Wet, Stormy Start to the Week for Ohio Valley to Northeast

Residents of the Northeast will be coping with a wet start to the week, as thunderstorms and rain spread over the region on Monday.

The disturbance that brought Severe Storms to the Upper Midwest on Saturday will push east on Sunday and be the trigger for thunderstorms as the weekend ends and new week begins.

On Sunday, the wet weather is expected to impact the Ohio and Missouri valleys. St. Louis, Chicago and Indianapolis should all be on alert for storms that could produce strong winds, hail and torrential rainfall.

By Monday, a cold front will be slowly advancing east from the Great Lakes to the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts.

A good amount of cloud cover, rain showers and weak thunderstorms will accompany this front in the morning hours of Monday.

"Drenching downpours and heavy thunderstorms will rumble across the interior Northeast on Monday before spreading toward the coast in the evening. Those traveling via roadways should be prepared for blinding downpours, localized flooding and slow travel; some airline delays are possible as well, though they should not be widespread," stated AccuWeather Meteorologist Andy Mussoline.

Parts of the Northeast are still in moderate drought, with some locations abnormally dry, so this cold front will deliver much needed moisture to the region.

The strongest storms of the day look to stay confined south of the Northeast and I-95 corridor. Kentucky, northeastern Tennessee into southern Ohio, West Virginia and far western portions of the Carolinas are most likely to experience strong-to-severe storms on Monday afternoon and evening.

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"The cold front triggering the thunderstorms will bring up plenty of moisture from the south and southwest," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson.

As residents from Kentucky to New York go about their day on Monday, they should be sure to have an umbrella with them to stay dry as thunderstorms and rain pass through.

It will be great day to utilize AccuWeather Minutecast® to track and monitor rain start and end times at your exact location.

"Any thunderstorm in this moisture-laden air mass will likely produce torrential downpours that will have the potential to produce flooding. Low-lying and poor drainage areas will be the most likely places to see flooding, but urban street flooding will also be a possibility," Thompson added.

Always remember that it only takes 6 inches of water to stall a car and 1 foot of water to float a vehicle. Don't ever attempt to drive through a flooded road, as the road below may have a washout that is not visible underneath the water.