Thunderstorms, flooding, destructive winds in NJ forecast

NEW JERSEY — A sunny summer Wednesday in New Jersey is expected to turn sour into evening with thunderstorms, heavy rain, high winds and flash flooding.

Wednesday should be mostly dry with highs in the mid-80s, with a few isolated showers possible near the Jersey shore, the National Weather Service said. More menacing weather is ahead of the Garden State, however, with the strongest storm events expected near and south of the I-95 corridor. The heaviest rain will occur between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Thursday, the agency added.

“Total rainfall appears to be generally between 0.75 and 1.5 inches in most areas, but locally amounts could be double that, potentially causing flooding and local flash flooding,” the agency said in a morning forecast discussion .

The storms are expected to continue through Thursday, which could cause flooding and obstructed visibility for morning commuters. The forecast should clear by mid-afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

“Commuters should expect major travel delays in New York City Thursday morning,” AccuWeather said. “There is a possibility that some streets in low-lying urban areas that have poor drainage or take on water during heavy rains could become flooded. However, local flooding is also possible outside of cities, particularly in low-lying and historic flood-prone areas.”

On Friday it is expected to remain clear throughout the day, with showers possible at night. The forecast for the weekend includes “fairly volatile conditions” with widespread daytime showers on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Here is the latest forecast:

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a maximum near 86. West winds around 5 mph.

Wednesday night: Possible showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 2am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 67. South wind around 5 mph.

Thursday: Showers and possible thunderstorms before 11 a.m., then showers and thunderstorms between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Some of the thunderstorms may be accompanied by heavy rain. High near 80. Breeze, with a southerly wind of 10 to 20 mph, blowing west in the afternoon.

Thursday night: Mostly clear with a low around 57. West winds 5 to 10 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Calm winds from the west at about 5 mph in the afternoon.

Friday night: Occasional showers after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with lows around 61.

Saturday: Showers mainly after 8am, high near 73.

Saturday night: Occasional showers before 02:00. Patchy fog before 0100, patchy fog after 0200. Otherwise mostly cloudy, with lows around 58.

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