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Waves of wet weather to dampen northeastern US into Memorial Day weekend

By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist 
May 24, 2017, 4:19:18 AM EDT


Damp and dreary conditions will plague the northeastern United States late this week, with enough wet weather possible to disrupt travel and outdoor activities.

Rain is not particularly needed in this part of the country as most locations have received above-normal precipitation so far this year. Even so, any rain that falls will help to water lawns and blooming gardens heading towards the long summer months.

Not every day heading into Memorial Day will be a washout as dry conditions and partial sunshine are expected in-between rainy spells.

However, residents will want to keep umbrellas and rain coats on hand and be prepared to alter or cancel outdoor sporting events or holiday gatherings.

“After Wednesday features the nicest weather of the week across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, a storm approaching from the west will bring the return of rain on Wednesday night into Thursday,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.

“The Thursday morning commute will be a soaker across much of the mid-Atlantic,” he added.

Rain will streak into the far northern reaches of New England late Thursday afternoon into Thursday night.

Some of the rain will pour down heavily, causing rises on small streams and forcing motorists to slow down to reduce the risk of hydroplaning and car pileups.

Those spending time outdoors will need to be mindful of the threat for lightning, especially across the mid-Atlantic.

“Any locations that can break for a little sun Thursday afternoon could see a rumble of thunder with the best chance being south of the Mason-Dixon Line,” Rathbun said.

As the storm sweeps northeastward into Atlantic Canada on Friday, conditions will gradually improve across the upper part of the mid-Atlantic with only a few lingering showers expected. The main area of heavy rain will remain concentrated over New England.

Travel could be slowed for those getting a jump start on the extended holiday weekend in Boston; Concord, New Hampshire; and Portland and Bangor, Maine.

The wet weather is expected to exit in time for Saturday sporting events, beach trips, yard work and hikes, but the next storm will be knocking on the door over the Ohio Valley.

A resurgence of wet weather is likely to reach the Northeast later Sunday.

Whether or not the next storm moves swiftly or stalls over the region will determine if Memorial Day ceremonies and barbecues are threatened by wet weather.