While severe drought conditions persist over the Northeast, bad drought conditions also exist over portions of the Mid Atlantic. While heavy rain impacted portions of the DelMarVa Peninsula last week, much of the Mid Atlantic will welcome any rain they get. It looks like that wish will come true this week as the weather pattern in the region evolves.
High pressure centered over the New England this morning will shift offshore this afternoon; a cold front crossing the Appalachians later today will progress through the northeast tonight. This front will stall offshore on Tuesday. Meanwhile, an upper level low is expected to meander over the eastern US during the second half of the week before eventually lifting northeastward sometime during next weekend. During this time, several waves of low pressure are expected to develop along this stalled boundary and move up the eastern seaboard, bringing soaking rains to portions of the Mid Atlantic. Unfortunately, due to the expected configuration of that stalled front, the heaviest rain should stay south of the areas that need it the most in southern New England.
According to the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center , 1.5-3″ of rain could fall over the next 5 days, with the heaviest centered over southeastern Pennsylvania, southwestern New Jersey, Delaware, and northeastern Maryland. There, 2-4″ of rain could fall over the week.