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Rain to soak Chicago to Cleveland, Detroit at midweek

Following spotty showers to start the week, rounds of rain will soak the western and central Great Lakes region on Wednesday through Thursday.

Rain is expected to move into parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan early on Wednesday morning, before spreading farther east during the day.

This moisture will stream northward from the same system that is set to cause major flooding in the south-central United States.

While the intensity of the rain will pale in comparison to the flooding downpours farther south, enough rain could fall to cause minor travel delays.

Commutes to and from work in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Indianapolis may be a little slower than normal due to wet roads.

Residents in these cities and surrounding communities will want to keep an umbrella and rain coat handy into the end of the week as another batch of heavier rain will move into the region on Wednesday night.

While rain will linger across parts of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio into Thursday afternoon, drier air pushing down from the north will help dry out locations across the northern Great Lakes.

By Friday, up to an inch of rain may fall across the area. Some areas that sit under persistent heavier downpours could receive upwards of 2 inches of rain.

Widespread flooding is unlikely, but low-lying and poor-drainage areas could experience pooling of water on roadways.

A brief reprieve in the wet weather will be welcome on Friday before another surge of moisture brings the return of wet weather for the weekend.

While the weekend will not be a washout by any means, residents will have to dodge spotty showers and localized heavier downpours on Saturday and Sunday while heading to various events and activities.

Drier weather is expected to move into the area early next week.