Heavy rain moves into Northwest, Great Lakes, Great Plains

By Aviad Caplan, CNN • Updated 13th July 2011

Travel headaches and cancellations are likely as rain showers continue to move into much of the Pacific Northwest, stretching eastward to the Great Lakes and New England.

The National Weather Service issued a series of rainfall watches for the region through Friday evening. Radar showed wet weather stretching into Wisconsin, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Louisiana.

“There is a very slight risk for an isolated and minor storm over the upper Great Lakes tonight or early Saturday morning,” the weather service said. “Rainfall amounts of an inch or less are expected, and little risk for flash flooding is expected. Rainfall amounts of an inch or more can be expected from Lake Superior to the southern sections of the Great Lakes.”

Rain showers were causing delays for train passengers between Chicago and St. Louis.

The delays could continue through Friday in New York City.

The weather service has also issued an excessive rain watch for most of New England.

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