A storm system bringing a threat of severe weather to portions of the Ohio Valley on Sunday will continue to move toward the East Coast and bring the threat of heavy rain and possible flooding to the Northeast to start the workweek.
This comes as the region, like many other locations across the country, deals with the effects of extreme drought.
“We will get some rain, and some of these areas need it,” FOX Weather meteorologist Craig Herrera said. “We’ve been dealing with some drought conditions out here. We could watch for the possibility of some flash flooding in the card for some of you, as some of these areas will get some pretty heavy rain in a short amount of time.”
According to the FOX Forecast Center, the threat of flash flooding on Monday into Tuesday morning extends from portions of eastern Pennsylvania, including the cities of Scranton, Allentown and Philadelphia, into New York state and southern New England.
“Some of the (rain) totals look pretty impressive, especially into the higher elevations. We could get a little bit of lift,” Herrera said. “We could get some numbers closer to two or three inches over into portions of northern Pennsylvania, into portions of New Jersey, New York as well, and right into Massachusetts where we need it as well.”
Generally, 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall across other portions of Pennsylvania into New England.
Cities like New York City, and Hartford and New London, Connecticut, could also see those rain totals of about 1 to 2 inches of rain over the next few days.
The Northeast has seen drought conditions worsen over the last several weeks, so the rain is welcome news for the parched region.
Eastern Connecticut, the entire state of Rhode Island, and eastern Massachusetts, including the Boston area, are now experiencing extreme drought conditions.
The rain that is expected to fall Monday into Tuesday will help ease some of the drought conditions, but it won’t be enough.
Boston, for example, is nearly 6 inches below-average, having only picked up just over 3 inches of rain since June 1.
And Newark, New Jersey, is nearly 8 inches below average in terms of rainfall.