Published: July 3,2017
In classic early-July fashion, thunderstorms will threaten areas from the Midwest to the East Coast this week, bringing the potential for heavy rain which could yield localized flash flooding.
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Waves of low pressure will ride along a stalled frontal boundary, causing areas of thunderstorms to develop in portions of the Midwest and South through midweek, before the storms shift toward the East by late week.
Tuesday, scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected from the mid-Atlantic and Southeast to the Plains states. Parts of southeast Kansas and eastern Oklahoma into Arkansas and southwest Missouri will run the greatest risk for flash flooding from these storms.
Additional scattered thunderstorms are possible in parts of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions from a separate disturbance.
Locally heavy downpours are likely in this corridor, which may lead to some areas of flash flooding.
Isolated storms may pop up in the afternoon from northern New England to central New York, with scattered thunderstorms possible in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
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Portions of the interior Northeast are already waterlogged from heavy rainfall that occurred over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, not to mention the wet spring and early summer in much of the region.
Many rivers, creeks, streams and lakes continue to run high, so any additional heavy rain later this week could be cause for concern.
In addition, a corridor from the Ohio Valley to the mid-Atlantic and interior Northeast may also receive 1 to 3 inches of rainfall by Saturday.
Recent Flooding in the Interior NortheastOver the Fourth of July holiday weekend, significant flooding occurred from parts of New York's Finger Lakes region into portions of New Hampshire.
Severe flash flooding occurred Saturday in Utica, New York, where highways were closed as water rose above street level and swallowed some cars.
Oneida Creek at Oneida, New York, crested at major flood stage early Sunday morning, above the level at which it crested during Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.
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