Wet weather is headed to the Northeastern quadrant of the US just in time for the final weekend of January. We’re going to be tracking a storm originating from the Northwest, and this low pressure is going to track right along the United States/Canadian border. As we get into Saturday, rain will begin to develop ahead of its cold front as moisture flows in all the way from the Gulf of Mexico.

On Saturday, periods of rain is forecast to fall mainly east of the Mississippi River. In the morning, rain will fall in areas on both sides of the Mississippi. From the eastern Great Lakes through the Ohio, Tennessee, and Mid-Mississippi Valleys, rain is forecast to fall. This rain will be falling at a light clip in most areas with up to one inch of rain forecast to fall with this storm. In the afternoon, the rain will slowly move to the east, clearing out of all towns west of the Mississippi River. During this time period, a light rain will come down from the eastern Great Lakes, including western New York and Pennsylvania, and then move south through the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

Overnight, the rain will continue while clearing out across western areas. Rain is forecast Saturday night across much of New England and all of the Mid-Atlantic while it ends by daybreak Sunday in the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys. Meanwhile in the Southeast, heavier rain will fall and it will be more widespread as a weak low pressure forms in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Then on Sunday, the wet weather will become confined east of the Appalachian Mountains. Most of the rain will come to an end in New England while the Mid-Atlantic down to the Carolinas will experience yet another soggy, wet, and rainy day. Again, rain will be light for the most part, so it’s not like it’s going to be pouring and a complete washout this weekend.

By Sunday night, the cold front will push through, drying up the Northeast by the time you wake up on Monday, but that’s when the next chance for precipitation, which will be in the form of snow, will begin to arrive.


Jackson is Head of Content and Social Media at WeatherOptics. He is currently a student at the University of Miami, studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism. Dill produces forecast articles for the website and helps to manage the content schedule. He has also led the growth of WeatherOptics’ social media accounts, working to keep them aligned with the company’s evolving vision.

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