Stormy Pattern Sets Up for Midwest Through Early Week

Umbrellas and raincoats will be put to good use across the Midwest this week as a stormy weather pattern sets up over the region.

Showers and thunderstorms will be widespread across the Midwest most days this week; however, no day is expected to be a complete washout.

Sunday may turn out to be the driest day until Wednesday with a zone of dry weather reaching across Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

Areas west of this will not be quite as dry though as thunderstorms roll in from the Plains.

People heading out on Sunday morning to attend church, grab some breakfast at a local restaurant, or just going for a morning jog shouldn't have to worry about encountering these thunderstorms as they are expected to hold off until the afternoon.

Thunderstorm activity will ramp up during the afternoon, bringing the threats of damaging winds, large hail and even a few tornadoes to cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Chicago should be far enough to the east to avoid Sunday's damaging storms; however, a few showers and non-severe thunderstorms are still forecast to move through during the overnight hours.

Showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread for Monday and Tuesday with the wet weather reaching from Minneapolis to Indianapolis and through Detroit and Cleveland.

Anyone looking to get work done in the outdoors either of these days should try to do so in the morning as the afternoon looks to bring the greater chance for showers and storms.

A small number of storms may turn severe each afternoon, especially around the Ohio Valley.

While not as strong as Sunday's storms, those on Monday and Tuesday can still bring wind gusts strong enough to bring down trees and cause sporadic power outages.

Wednesday is forecast to bring a small break in the unsettled weather for much of the region, but showers and thunderstorms will ramp back up for Thursday and Friday.

In addition to all of the rain and travel disruptions, the wet weather pattern will also keep temperatures below normal through much of the week.

This wet weather pattern is nothing new to the Midwest. The past several weeks have been unusually wet in this part of the country, especially in areas south of the Great Lakes.

"In portions of Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, rainfall since May 1, 2015, has been twice that of normal," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

As a result, river levels are running higher than normal with portions of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers in a major flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

With more wet weather on the way, flooding along these rivers is likely to continue through the week while at the same time bringing a renewed flood threat to areas that have seen flood waters recede.

The rain that falls through Tuesday will also add to the impressive rainfall totals across the region for the month of June.

St. Louis has received over a foot of rain so far in June, making it the second wettest June on record. Not much more rain is required to break the old record for the wettest June, 12.69 inches set back in 1948.