Heavy flooding rains and near record warmth! Winter begins at 5:23 PM this afternoon!


Good morning!

Moderate to heavy rain is falling across the area early on this Friday morning and temperatures have risen to the upper 50s in Clifton down to the low 50s further inland, winds are gusty out of the southeast.

A strong low pressure will move up the from the south moving to our west this morning. Moderate to heavy rain this morning will taper off to showers this afternoon, rainfall amounts of 2-3 inches are expected with some higher amounts possible. There is even a chance of a rare December thunderstorm. Winds will be gusty out of the southeast. Record high temperatures are also possible as temperatures rise to above 60 degrees. A flood watch is in effect.

Some lingering showers are possible Saturday morning followed by cooler and windy conditions.

Mainly dry Sunday through Wednesday with only a low chance of some flurries Sunday night, temperatures during the period will be near normal.

Another rainstorm is possible late Thursday into Friday along with milder temperatures.

THE FORECAST:

TODAY – DEC 21 – Rain heavy at times with a chance of a thunderstorm, rain tapering off to showers this afternoon, quite mild and windy with highs in the low 60s. Rainfall amounts of 2-3 inches likely with higher amounts possible.

TONIGHT – Cloudy with a chance of showers, low in the mid 40s.

SATURDAY – DEC 22 – Becoming partly sunny and breezy, high near 50.

SUNDAY – DEC 23 – Mostly sunny, high in the mid 40s, chance of flurries after midnight.

MONDAY – DEC 24 – Partly sunny, high in the low 40s.

CHRISTMAS DAY – DEC 25 – Mostly sunny, high near 40.

WEDNESDAY – DEC 26 – Mostly sunny, high in the low 40s.

THURSDAY – DEC 27 – Increasing cloudiness with a chance of rain in the afternoon, high in the low 40s.

MARINE FORECAST: A gale warning is in effect until 4 p.m. this afternoon for south-southeast winds gusting to 40 knots, seas 7-12 feet.

OUTLOOK – Small craft conditions expected tonight through Saturday night with some gale gusts possible; no advisories expected Sunday through Monday morning; possible small craft advisories Monday afternoon and night; no advisories expected on Christmas.

Despite the stormy weather try to have a nice day!

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