Rain spreading north and east out of the mid-sector will pelt the Great Lakes and Northeast through the early week. Highest rainfall of 1 to locally 3 inches by Monday evening will douse the Eastern Seaboard from Virginia to Down East Maine. Amounts will top 1 inch in areas of Ohio, Michigan and eastern Wisconsin. Elsewhere, most rainfall will range from 1/2 to 1 inch.

The effect of the rain will be to spread a damp chill over a wide area, notably where driven by stiff winds off the cold Atlantic Ocean. Commutes could take longer than usual over wet pavements. Airports could see added flight delays. The rain itself will be beneficial for most of this area, although urban flooding will be possible in the East.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews.