By Brian Lada
The Northeast will be the target of another round of drenching thunderstorms on Wednesday, raising flooding concerns across the region.
Unlike Tuesday when much of the I-95 corridor stayed dry, thunderstorms are expected to make their way east of the Appalachian Mountains by Wednesday afternoon, reaching New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, “The second half of Wednesday is likely to be more active than the morning along the I-95 corridor, potentially meaning a slow commute home from work with possible flight delays.”
Meanwhile, areas from Ohio to upstate New York are expected to be hit by heavy storms for a second day in a row, adding to the rain that fell on Tuesday.
An abundance of moisture will be readily available for these storms to tap into, giving them the potential to drop over an inch of rain in under an hour.
Rain falling at such a fast rate can quickly cause flooding issues, especially where multiple thunderstorms track over the same area in a short amount of time.
Thunderstorms of this nature that follow in quick succession of each other are also refereed to as training thunderstorms.
Northeastern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York are at a particularly higher risk of flooding as the ground has become saturated from Tuesday’s storms.
Cleveland was one of the hardest hit areas on Tuesday as thunderstorms dumped over 3.5 inches of rain on the city, forcing road closures due to flooding.
This could turn out to be the case for other locations in the Northeast on Wednesday as heavy storms roll through.
Keep in mind that moving water can be dangerous to drive through. If you come across a flooded roadway you should not attempt to drive through it.
Not only will thunderstorms bring the threat of flooding downpours, but a few of the stronger storms may also produce damaging winds.
While not expected to be widespread, wind gusts up to 60 mph may be seen in parts of the region, strong enough to bring down tree limbs and power lines.
It does not appear at this time like the ingredients will come together for any storms in the Northeast to produce a tornado on Wednesday.
Looking ahead to Thursday, a cold front moving through the region will push many of these thunderstorms off the East Coast.
However, a few heavy storms may still linger around southern New England in the morning, including Boston and Providence, Rhode Island.
Dry weather is not expected to make a full return to the Northeast until Friday when high pressure builds over the region.
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