By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
September 11,2017, 3:07:35PM,EDT
After unleashing flooding across the Southeast, Irma’s rain will spread northward toward the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic this week.Irma was a major hurricane for many days leading up to and during its devastating trek through the Caribbean and into the United States, but the storm will continue to undergo rapid weakening over the coming days.
Rain will continue to spread inland on Tuesday, reaching the lower Mississippi and Ohio valleys to North Carolina and Virginia. Flooding will become more of a concern on the local level. Isolated tornadoes will still be a concern in eastern North Carolina.
Moisture from Irma will then continue northward, moving into part of the Midwest and Northeast at midweek.
“The main circulation of Irma will move into the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states later this week, and may even linger for part of the upcoming weekend,” said AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun. “The sunny start to the week will end generally cloudy.”
The approach of tropical weather will first be marked by a high cloud cover, making for bright but filtered sunlight in the mid-Atlantic during the first half of the week.
By midweek, more overcast conditions are expected to take over as the chance of precipitation increases.
Residents in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Pittsburgh; Charleston, West Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Philadelphia; and New York City will have to dodge showers on occasion during the second half of the week.
“There will still be enough moisture for scattered showers, but it will in no way be a washout or bring a flash flood threat to the area,” said Rathbun. “However, those attending any outdoor events will want to grab a jacket or umbrella.”
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Irma's winds will largely dissipate during its trek over land; only breezy conditions are expected to accompany any rainfall by the end of the week.
This wet weather could stick around for the weekend, potentially threatening sporting events.
“There remains uncertainty on what affect the leftover circulation of Irma will have on Hurricane Jose, and if any impact to the East Coast is possible,” Rathbun explained.
While several college football match ups could face rainy conditions on Saturday, Sunday is more likely to be a dry day in the Northeast for professional football events.