Here are the latest key messages for this week’s weather.

  1. Periods of rain are likely from tonight through early Friday morning. The forecast rain amount is attached. The heaviest rain is expected over the southern Poconos, Lehigh Valley, Berks County, and far Northwest New Jersey. There is the potential for localized flooding primarily in areas of poor drainage. It does look like there will be some breaks in the rain Thursday afternoon and evening, especially south and east of the I-95 corridor, but how prolonged and widespread these breaks will be is still uncertain.
  2. A line of showers and thunderstorms is expected to move through Thursday night. Storms could be severe, especially west of the I-95 corridor (see attached image). As this line moves through, wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph are likely, with the potential for gusts to 60 mph. This could lead to scattered power outages.  This event may be unusual in that there could be little or no lightning with the line. Following the line of showers and storms, additional wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph are possible Friday morning, with some gusts to 40mph possible right along the coast.

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