New York City

Heavy Rain Snarls Morning Commute for Some, Flash Flood Watches Posted for Most of the Region

What to Know

  • A storm hanging over the tri-state is threatening to dump two to four inches of rain in some spots, bringing a soggy Monday morning commute
  • Flash flood watches remain in effect for almost the entire region until 11 a.m. Monday, Storm Team 4 says
  • Major improvements are on the horizon later in the week, with Wednesday and Thursday expected to be sunny and less humid

Heavy showers and thunderstorms were pounding the tri-state Monday morning -- but the good news is they're on their way out, Storm Team 4 says.

Flash flood watches went up for most of the region ahead of the storms, which should start winding down before noon. A few spotty showers or thunderstorms are possible during the afternoon or evening, and it'll remain otherwise cool, gray and unstable throughout most of the day. 

Storms started to wreck havoc on the morning commute for some beginning around 5:30, including on NJ Transit

The agency's RiverLINE service was also suspended in both directions between the Walter Rand Transportation Center and the Waterfront Entertainment Complex due to flooding, but it has since been restored. 

By the end of the morning rush hour, some spots in the tri-state could see anywhere between two to four inches of rain. The areas with the highest chance for the heavier amounts are south of the city, according to Storm Team 4. The threat should be over by noon. 

Around 6:30 a.m., the rain had already began moving out of the area, but Toms River had already seen over an inch of rain. 

Tuesday will be cloudy but not as unsettled, though there may be an isolated shower or thunderstorm in some sports. It will be rather cool for late July, with highs peaking only in the mid to upper 70s. 

Despite the gloomy start to the work week, there will be major improvements by the middle of the week, with highs rising back into the lower to mid-80s with plenty of sunshine and lower humidity on both Wednesday and Thursday. An approaching front could trigger some more showers and thunderstorms Thursday night into Friday. 

[NATL] Extreme Weather Photos: Record Heat Threatens Europe

Contact Us