Flood Watch In Effect Across Central Jersey
The show is about to begin across New Jersey as the first act in a three day event is about to start. A line of showers and thunderstorms have blossomed in Eastern Pennsylvania, and are pushing eastward. The line stretches from just south of Scranton in the north to east of Harrisburg in the south, and goes west toward Williamsport. We’ll have to see if this line holds up.
Skies have begun to get cloudy here in the Raritan Center section of Edison, New Jersey. Meanwhile, another cluster of showers and storms has developed over Northeastern Pennsylvania near Interstate 84 and Port Jervis in New York. The National Weather Service Office in Mount Holly did indicate that there may have some gusty winds and heavy downpours from thunderstorms that develop on Saturday afternoon and evening.
Moving on to the second act, which will begin in earnest on Sunday, the NWS in Mount Holly also issued a Flood Watch for portions of Central Jersey including Middlesex County. Rainfall amounts are expected to be anywhere between 2.5 and 3.5 inches in the watch area. Some areas may get even more than that. The frontal system that is beginning to push through now is expected to stall, which will allow a storm system from the southeast to move up into the Mid-Atlantic and New England over the next two days.
The flood watch stretches from Southern Connecticut through New York City into New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Northern Delaware. Quick responding streams and small rivers are prone for flooding along with drainage areas. Urban flooding is likely. Further north in the Passaic River Basin, if more than 3.5 inches falls, then we could have significant river flooding. So places such as Wayne and Pompton Lakes could have another round of flooding.