However, there is also the potential for severe weather.
The storm will help some areas with their rainfall deficits. However, the overall scope, duration and intensity of the rain is still in question.
Some areas will receive over an inch of rain, while others may not get enough to greatly impact the building dry conditions.
For the Appalachians, it appears now that the front has the best shot delivering rain, instead of a storm that follows soon thereafter.
A modest storm delivered some needed rain to part of the south during the middle of the week.
However, the main storm we refer to will evolve over the South this weekend, then is forecast to migrate slowly northeastward during early next week.
This track opens up several options for the overall zone of rain and its behavior.
One scenario causes the rain to congregate along the Atlantic Seaboard then head out to sea Monday. With this setup, eastern New England would gather the most rain in the Northeast.
Both scenarios will drive unseasonably chilly air into the eastern half to third of the nation for at least a several-day stretch.
Both scenarios also deliver generous rain to portions of the South.
By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist - Accuweather.com April 20, 2012