The week will conclude with drenching showers across the northeastern United States, with the potential for more rain to follow this weekend.
The wet weather will water lawns and blooming gardens and help alleviate the patchy drought conditions that remain from the mid-Atlantic to southeastern New England.
However, the rain could be soaking enough to delay outdoor events and cause minor delays for travelers across the region.
A swath of showers and thunderstorms will march eastward during Thursday night and Friday, following spottier showers on Thursday across the Northeast.
“This area of rain and thunderstorms could lead to slower commute times from Portland, Maine, to the Hudson Valley in New York,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Brown said.
The rain will be steadiest generally along and north of Interstate 90 in New York and Massachusetts.
The wet weather will tend to break up and become more scattered in nature from New York City southward to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Cold air lingering over northern Maine could lead to a brief wintry mix or mostly snow, with the potential for a slushy couple of inches to accumulate by Saturday morning.
“As this wet weather pushes east, cooler air will filter in resulting in afternoon high temperatures on Saturday to average 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than Thursday,” Brown said.
The passage of the first wave of wet weather will not bring dry and clear weather for all to start the weekend.
A new system that will first bring the potential for severe weather to the South will brush the mid-Atlantic this weekend, potentially disrupting outdoor plans on Saturday.
“Rain could spread into the nation’s capitol late Saturday afternoon, perhaps impacting the March for Science,” Brown said.
Those headed to the March for Science should monitor AccuWeather MinuteCast® for real-time updates on the expected arrival time of the rain. Umbrellas, rain coats, ponchos and/or waterproof shoes will be needed by anyone who attends.
How far north the rain encroaches will be determined by the exact track of the storm. It is highly likely that the rain stays along or just south of I-76 in Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon into Saturday night.
The wet weather will be slow to exit the mid-Atlantic on Sunday, but drier weather will return early next week.