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Downpours to return to flood-ravaged West Virginia on Monday

The next round of thunderstorm downpours will swing into the Appalachians and bring the risk of isolated flash flooding on Monday.

Catastrophic flooding hit West Virginia late last week and the majority of West Virginia had rain-free weather over the weekend.

However, scattered thunderstorms will return to the state on Monday.

As with any thunderstorm in the summertime, there is the remote chance of flash flooding.

"Localized flooding can occur in low-lying areas and along some small streams in West Virginia and western Virginia [with the storms on Monday]," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

Given the saturated state of the ground, damaged roads and clogged drainage systems, some locations could experience additional flooding and erosion issues.

Rainfall will average 0.25 to 0.75 of an inch on Monday into Monday night. However, a few locations could pick up 1.50 inches of rain in an hour or two, which is enough to cause rapid runoff.

Farther north, downpours may prove to be beneficial.

Many areas north of the Mason-Dixon Line are experiencing abnormally dry conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Some crops are at the stage where extra moisture is needed for plants to properly mature.

As with the majority of downpours in the summer, rainfall can vary tremendously from neighborhood to neighborhood. The rain coming on Monday into Tuesday will be no exception.

Some communities will receive a thorough soaking, while others may receive barely a few drops of rain.

On Monday, the risk of downpours with and without thunder will extend from the headwaters of the St. Lawrence to the southern Appalachians. Areas hit by thunderstorms that occur during the afternoon and evening will stand the best chance of a drenching downpour and perhaps highly isolated flash flooding.

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A downpour could swing through Pittsburgh, Rochester, New York and Charleston, West Virginia.

Storms will drift east of the Appalachians and toward the Atlantic coast, where they will tend to diminish and become very spotty late on Monday night into Tuesday morning.

A downpour could affect parts of the New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., metro areas early on Tuesday morning.

During Tuesday afternoon and evening, locally drenching storms may re-fire over portions of the Carolinas, southeastern Virginia and New England.

The pattern moving forward well into July will continue to feature rounds of sporadic rainfall.