Raphael Miranda's forecast for Monday, April 23, 2012
The first significant rain in weeks rolled through the tri-state Sunday, dumping up to 5 inches in isolated areas and providing a much-needed soaking to the region.
Most of the area saw 2 to 4 inches, but some minor coastal flooding is possible. A flood watch is posted for much of the tri-state through Monday.
Forecasters expect lingering rains to taper off Monday, with temperatures in the mid-50s. Clouds are expected to move in by the afternoon before giving way to some sun Tuesday morning.
Though the rain dampened weekend plans for many tri-state residents, the wet weather was much-needed after recent droughts increased the risk of wildfires.
Before the rain, Central Park and Newark, N.J.. each had a rain deficit of nearly 8 inches so far for the year, while Islip on Long Island was behind by nearly 9 inches.
Steve Sosna and Raphael Miranda contributed to this report
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