A wet weather pattern is beginning to evolve from the central part of the
country to the Northeast. The near- to above-normal rainfall will be invoked by
a series of small storms moving from west to east. The storms won't be
particularly strong, but you don't need much when there is so much moisture
available. In the winter, it takes a much stronger storm to crank out the same
amount of precipitation simply because the colder overall environment holds
less water vapor. In any case, some of the rain is going to be quite heavy
later this week.
The corridor from North Texas to the Great Lakes will probably get the first
dose of heavy rain today into Thursday. The heavy rain band is likely to set up
farther south over time impacting an area from eastern Oklahoma to Kentucky by
Story by AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.