Floods Threaten as Tri-State Braces for More Rain

Keep your umbrellas and rain boots handy.

By Chris Cimino and Katherine Creag
|  Wednesday, May 18, 2011  |  Updated 3:50 PM EDT
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A nearly stationary storm system over the mid-Atlantic region continued to deliver bands of rain on Wednesday but is expected to taper off tomorrow and Friday. 

With rain dropping off and on, a flash flood warning has been issued for several counties in the tri-state until 6:30 p.m.  They are: Richmond County, Passaic, Union, Essex, Bergen and Hudson.

While it wasn't raining continuously or heavy all of the time, local street and highway flooding is likely through Thursday morning's commute. There have been ongoing coastal flooding alerts for Nassau and Queens, as well.

Computer models suggest an average rainfall of 2 to 4 inches in this time period with locally higher amounts possible.

The rain could also take the form of thunderstorms. Some storms will be capable of producing locally heavy rainfall that may cause flooding of creeks as well as urban areas prone to flooding.     

Local rivers in New Jersey may climb to or above flood stage as we head toward the weekend.

Some roads in New York that are prone to flooding experienced problems as early as Wednesday.

The Bronx River Parkway has re-opened after parts of it were closed for several hours due to flooding.

Even when the flood waters cleared, mud and debris covered the roadway.

Workers deemed the parkway safe for drivers to use at about 5 a.m. They removed the barricades blocking various entrances and allowed drivers to pass.

Still, the rain has been relentless. There were some heavy downpours in Bronxville. Law enforcement officers advised drivers to be cautious and to take it slow because the roads are slick.

No lingering sunshine is expected until Sunday, and temperatures will range from the mid-to-high 60s in the early part of the week to the low 70s as we inch closer toward the weekend.

Don't get too down, tri-staters. There is some good news. The rain is washing out some of the pollen that has been dogging allergy sufferers as counts continue to drop.

Temperature-wise, it'll turn milder toward the weekend with highs Saturday in the 70s and near 80 by Sunday with only the slight risk of a shower.

As always, check back with NBC New York for up-to-the-minute weather information, the latest severe weather alerts and information on school closings.

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