Get those umbrellas and rain boots out, a soaker that could dump 1 to 2 inches of rain before it's over is barreling down on New York and beyond, Storm Team 4 says.
Heavy rain moved in late Monday and into the first part of Tuesday morning, already snarling the commute and flooding the streets for many.
The morning commute, which is already causing headaches for many following the second train derailment in 11 days at Penn Station, is only getting worse due to the weather.
Flooding has closed the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway westbound from Astoria Boulevard to exit 40. On the Henry Hudson Parkway where more flooding is reported on the northbound side at 158th Street is also blocking two lanes. Flooding on the FDR Drive southbound at 96th Street has the right lane blocked.
On the Major Deegan Expressway, more flooding and vehicle stuck in the water has the roadway closed northbound between exit 12 and 13.
In Jersey City, heavy flooding is reported on Wayne Street where the water is about ankle deep. Jersey City police have closed some streets amid the significant flooding in the area.
Steady heavy rain picked up sometime after midnight through the first part of the morning commute Tuesday. The wind will become gusty at times, possibly over 30 miles per hour, before another round of strong showers with the potential for thunderstorms later in the day, according to Storm Team 4.
The heavy rain will diminish around mid-morning, leaving hit or miss showers through the afternoon, Storm Team 4 said. Local street and highway flooding will also be possible. A flood watch has been issued for all of Tuesday for New Jersey and Hudson Valley and Catskills.
The second batch of heavier showers and storms will be possible from 3 to 9 p.m., but only affecting the evening commute in some areas.
Wednesday brings relief with an abundance of sunshine and mild temperatures in the 60s before another soaker rolls in Thursday, Storm Team 4 says.