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Rounds of Showers, Storms to Swipe the East Coast Through Friday

A pair of disturbances tracking eastward from the Plains will bring bouts of showers and thunderstorms to the East through the rest of the week.

The first of the two disturbances is expected to take a more northerly track early in the week, while the second swings father south late in the week, shifting the axis of the heaviest showers and storms.

The Northeast will be the main focal point of the wet weather through Wednesday with some thunderstorms in the afternoon kicking up some gusty winds.

"Showers and thunderstorms will be common from Illinois to Pennsylvania and into New York state," said AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

This includes parts of I-80, I-81, and I-95 corridors.

However, this does not guarantee dry weather for the Southeast. Some showers and storms will still track across the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, but are not expected to be as widespread.

By Thursday, the second disturbance will enter the picture, taking a more southerly path.

As a result, the main corridor of showers and storms will shift south, allowing some drying to take place across the Northeast.

This second disturbance is also likely to bring the heaviest rain of the week to the Tennessee Valley, raising the threat of flooding.

Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee, and Louisville, Lexington, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, may end up receiving 1 to 2 inches of rain on Thursday alone.

"The ground in many places is flat out saturated, so any rain is going to be considered excessive by a lot of folks, especially in light of one of the wettest Junes on record," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Joe Lundberg.

Rivers are likely to swell from the rapid rainfall rate, leading to flooding in low-lying areas located near the banks of rivers across the region.

Even through the rain is not expected to be as heavy heading into Friday, any additional rainfall from showers and thunderstorms could spark more flooding issues due to the heavily saturated ground.

Showers and thunderstorms will not end in the East with the conclusion of the week, carrying over into the holiday weekend.

The Fourth of July is not expected to be a complete washout anywhere in the East, but showers and thunderstorms can still lead to interruptions in parades, cookouts and firework displays across a large swath of the East.