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Remnants of Tropical Storm Bill could bring Father's Day rain

As much as 2 inches of rain is forecast for northern Maryland over the next five days as moisture from Tropical Storm Bill arrives by Father's Day.
As much as 2 inches of rain is forecast for northern Maryland over the next five days as moisture from Tropical Storm Bill arrives by Father's Day. (Weather Prediction Center)

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bill are forecast to reach the mid-Atlantic this weekend, and, combined with showers and storms forecast in the coming days, could bring the region 2 inches of rainfall from now through Father's Day.

A weather pattern known as a "Ring of Fire" is already bringing repeated chances for showers and storms. Storm chances are forecast Wednesday night and Thursday.

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The pattern refers to storms forming along the edges of a zone of high pressure, in this case up the Mississippi River valley and across the Ohio River valley into the mid-Atlantic.

But by late Saturday, what is left of Bill, which is currently a tropical depression, is forecast to reach Maryland. Meteorologists in the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office say heavy rain is likely Saturday night into Sunday.

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There is also a low risk of severe storms as the system moves through, the forecasters say.

The weather service's precipitation forecast models suggest an inch and a half to two inches of rain across the region within the next five days. The heaviest rain is expected along the Mason-Dixon Line.

There has already been nearly 5 inches of rain so far this month at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, almost an inch and a half more than normal for the entire month.

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