As millions prepare to take part in Memorial Day weekend events, showers, storms and a potential tropical system could threaten outdoor activities and travel plans during the extended weekend.
Whether you are hitting the roadway to reach a vacation destination, attending a local parade or firing up the grill, know exactly when rain or storms will impact your Memorial Day weekend plans with AccuWeather MinuteCast®.
JUMP TO: Tropical system may brew near Southeast coast| Northeast, Great Lakes: Storms to fire in warm and humid pattern | Storms to ignite over central US, interior West | Dry weather to highlight Memorial Day across the Upper Midwest, Southwest and West Coast
People along the southeastern United States will want to monitor the potential for a tropical system to develop near the coast around Memorial Day weekend.
AccuWeather's Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski is closely monitoring an area near the Bahamas for potential development.
Should a storm develop and move into the Southeast coast, one or more days of drenching rain and gusty winds could impact the region during the holiday weekend.
Regardless of whether a fully fledged tropical system develops, areas of showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase throughout the weekend, threatening any outdoor plans.
Those planning to spend the holiday at the beach should remain alert for increasingly rough surf conditions and should heed all warnings.
Residents of the Northeast and Great Lakes may have to dodge showers and thunderstorms popping up throughout the holiday weekend. The most likely time for thunderstorms to ignite will be during the afternoon.
While each day is not expected to be a washout, area residents will need to be prepared to bring outdoor celebrations inside at the first rumble of thunder.
Warm and muggy conditions are expected to continue across the region, making it feel like summer has already begun.
Thunderstorms will be a daily concern across the central United States and interior West this weekend.
"The central and southern Plains and interior West will stay active with rounds of storms continuing throughout Memorial Day weekend," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Matt Rinde stated.
As is typical in late spring, a few storms could become strong and produce gusty winds and hail.
Rinde added that flash flooding could be a concern, mainly across the Plains where storms have hit hard recently.
Weather-related disruptions are not expected for holiday plans across the Upper Midwest, Southwest and West Coast.
While storms may impact the Midwest on Saturday and Sunday, dry weather should return in time for Memorial Day.