What to Know
- After a muggy and incredibly rainy week, there is one last wave of storms to get through Friday morning before better weather arrives
- After the rain hits in time for the Friday morning commute, cloudy skies will eventually yield to sun and wind pushes out the humidity
- Temperatures are expected to remain in the humid mid-70s for the rest of the week
Torrential rain and flash floods covered much of the tri-state area again Thursday, a fourth consecutive soaker that created flooding conditions through much of southern New Jersey.
And the severe weather threat isn't quite over yet — some heavy rain could develop for Friday's morning commute, before finally some relief comes in the form of sunny skies.
There were mutiple spots on Thursday where the days of rain led to local creeks flooding over and towns where homes have been inundated with water. The rain that moved through on Thursday brought another inch of rain to some areas that were already drenched with rain from the previous days.
The National Weather Service had warned of a strong thunderstorm that would blow through the greater New York City area during the evening. While much of the city saw showers, other areas got hit with heavier bouts of rain, increasing flood risks. Meanwhile, local airports were dealing with the effects of the rain as well — Newark and JFK had delays of at least two hours and LaGuardia had a full ground stop around 5 p.m., which was lifted later in the night.
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With all the rain over the past few days saturating the ground, flash flooding and ponding on roadways was expected, especially in vulnerable spots like highway underpasses and small creeks.
A flash flood watch is still in effect until early Friday morning for Sullivan and Pike counties. Flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for multiple counties in New Jersey throughout the day and into Thursday night, but all expired before 11 p.m.
The heaviest rain moved from over New Jersey around 4 p.m. to the city and out onto Long Island by 6 p.m., helping snarl commutes all over the tri-state.
Some scattered showers will move through overnight along with widespread fog, but for those seeking relief from the seemingly interminable damp and dreary mess, there is some good news — eventually.
Friday is expected to start off with some potentially severe storms during the morning commute, with showers coming in from the west and could wallop New Jersey for the fifth straight day. But the damp and dreary conditions will eventually yield by midday, as winds pick up and clouds give way to more sunshine by the afternoon as highs climb back around 79 degrees.
And there's a gorgeous weekend ahead.