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Rain not going away -- Heavy rain expected Friday, prepare now!

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A tropical system in the south will interact with an old front boundary putting Central PA and the Mid-Atlantic in the bullseye for 2-4 inches of rain over the next 3 days. A FLOOD WATCH is effect thru Friday.

The potential for flooding is, of course, enhanced because we are already saturated. It won’t take much rain to cause flooding issues.

So what can you do? Take time to make sure drains around your home are clear. We’ve had a lot of debris blown around from Tuesday’s storms. Make sure you’re gutters are cleaned out. All this water will need somewhere to go.

Next, make sure your sump pump is working. Does it have a battery back-up if power goes out? Water is unforgiving so do all you can to keep it out.

If you’ve watched me over the years, you know I’ve been warning that we are due for significant flooding. We tend to flood every 5-7 years and we’re in year 7. I hope this one won’t be that bad but it is a great wake-up call for you to rethink your preparedness.

So Friday is the heaviest rain but showers will linger in Saturday. Plus, the streams and rivers will still be on the rise even after the rain ends. The chance for rain continues on Sunday and Monday, possibly in the form of thunderstorms.

When does this pattern end? Looks like we’ll see a change in this soggy weather pattern Tuesday into Wednesday next week. And it does look mostly dry for Memorial Day weekend. Finally a chance to dry things out!

FLOOD WATCH THROUGH FRIDAY:

Tonight: Cloudy with Scattered Showers – Low 60

Thursday: Cloudy with a few scattered showers – High 71

Friday: Periods of Rain, Heavy at Times, 2-3 inches possible – High 62

Saturday: More rain showers - High 70

WEATHER STORY:

Rain showers will continue into Thursday.

FRIDAY - FIRST WARNING WEATHER DAY:

A stalled frontal boundary is interacting with tropical moisture in Florida and that will lead to heavy downpours and an even greater flood risk on Friday. Many areas could pick up 2 to 3" of rainfall with some locally higher amounts. As a result, area creeks and streams will have to be monitored closely for potential flooding. Expect some road closures and basement flooding. Prepare now by clearing out gutters and drains. Make sure your sump pump is working and has a battery back-up!

WEEKEND OUTLOOK:

While the heaviest rain will fall on Friday, there will still be occasional showers or even a thunderstorm on both Saturday and Sunday. Flooding on waterways will continue even after the rainfall ends! Monday will also offers up more shower chances before we finally break out of this pattern on Tuesday.

- Meteorologist Tom Russell


Stay updated with these links:

Interactive Doppler Radar: http://local21news.com/weather/radar

School Closings And Delays: http://local21news.com/weather/closings

Follow CBS21 Meteorologists on Twitter:

CBS21 News: twitter.com/cbs21news

Chief Meteorologist Tom Russell: twitter.com/tomrussell

Meteorologist Steve Knight: twitter.com/knightcbs21

Meteorologist Chris Nallan: twitter.com/chrisnallan


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