While rain will slice through parts of the Midwest and Northeast this week, it will interrupt the stretch of dry weather in store for most locations only briefly.
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, "Tranquil weather conditions are in store for much of the balance of the week in the Northeast, following the chilly, rainy and stormy conditions from the past weekend."
Aside from very spotty showers in northern New England on Wednesday, the next chance of rain will spread quickly southeastward from the Midwest to the Atlantic coast during the second half of the week.
A brief push of cool air will cause temperatures will fall back to near average around the Great Lakes and Northeast by Thursday as a cold front pushes through. This time of the year, high temperatures typically range from near 60 along the Canada border to the lower 70s around the Chesapeake Bay.
A second push of cool air will not only more significantly slash temperatures but will also bring more widespread rainfall at the end of the week.
Temperatures are likely to be slashed by 10 F, to slightly below average levels in the wake as far south as the Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians by the weekend.
As a cold front gathers momentum, several hours of rain are in store from the upper Mississippi Valley on Wednesday, the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley on Thursday and then the Appalachians on Friday.
Whether or not a storm forms along the front will determine if rain lingers beyond Friday night along the Atlantic coast.
Should the storm form, it would delay the arrival of the rain along the Interstate-95 corridor through the day Friday. Additionally, the storm could bring rain from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston during all or part of Saturday.
"Despite the risk of a period of rain, a prolonged repeat of the stormy and chilly weather from last weekend in the Northeast is unlikely," Pydynowski said.
Even if the storm forms along the Atlantic coast at the last minute, clearing will progress from west to east in the region spanning later Saturday into Sunday morning. The fast-moving storm would not have time to enrage seas.
A brief, but strong warming trend will evolve over the northern and central Plains this weekend.
Some warming is forecast to progress to the Northeast early next week, following a day or two of autumn chill. However, temperatures may not reach the level of warmth coming to the northern Plains.