It's only been hours since river levels have finally fallen below flood stage in the Passaic River flood plain, and already residents are bracing for a new round of flooding.
Another powerful storm will move into the Northeast Monday night into Tuesday, and heavy rain will become widespread around the tri-state. Last week's storm still has the ground saturated so any rain has the potential to swell already overloaded rivers and streams.
The large storm is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms with periods of heavy rain overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, and then slowly wind down throughout the day Tuesday. As low pressure pulls away on Wednesday, drying will take place but conditions will turn quite breezy. Storm totals are generally expected to be around 1"-2" with locally higher amounts.
The main difference between last weeks storm and this new one is the duration. The heaviest rain is only expected to fall over a twelve hour period; last weekend some spots saw over 24 hours of steady precipitation and totals of up to 7 inches. The other welcome difference is the wind. Wind will not be a major factor with this storm, as the low will pass directly over the region. Power outages and downed trees are therefore not expected.