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Much-needed rain targets drought-stricken New England this weekend

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Rounds of beneficial rain will fall over drought-stricken portions of New England into Monday.

The rainfall into Monday will not be soaking enough to end the drought across the region.

Regardless, any rain will help to temporarily ease dry lawns and increase water levels in low streams and reservoirs.

The heaviest rain has now ended across the Great Lakes and mid-Atlantic, including in Detroit, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. However, drizzle, locally drenching showers and low cloud ceilings will affect these areas into at least Sunday.

The storm that has caused widespread clouds and rain across the region to end this past week will slowly move out of the Northeast early next week, according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

Before exiting the coast, the storm "should bring rain to Providence, Rhode Island, Boston and other parts of New England that have yet to see any [significant] rain so far [from the storm]," Abrams explained.

The bouts of rain will be light enough to limit concerns for flash flooding.

Rainfall amounts are expected to stay under an inch for most across New England, though a few locations under more persistent downpours can have locally higher amounts.

The damp conditions may cause slow travel on the road, while the low cloud ceilings can cause delays at local airports.

Fans headed to outdoor sporting events will want to be sure to bring a poncho, rain jacket and/or umbrella.

Highs may fail to reach 60 degrees Fahrenheit across much of New England through Sunday. Highs in the 60s will be more common across the interior Northeast, with 70s possible around the mid-Atlantic coast.

Clouds will gradually thin and some peeks of sunshine will finally return in a southwest to northeast manner from the mid-Atlantic to New England spanning Monday into Wednesday. An easterly flow off the Atlantic may keep clouds and drizzle around across coastal locations early in the new week.

While most of the Northeast will finally get a break from the pesky clouds and showers, all eyes from Florida to Maine will need to monitor the progress of Hurricane Matthew, which could