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ANOTHER ROUND OF RAIN EXPECTED TO PACK A PUNCH THIS FRIDAY


What’s the phrase? April showers bring May flowers? Well, as we head into the first weekend of April, we’ll certainly be seeing the rain. Lots of it. Good news, though: It won’t ruin your entire weekend. That means you can still visit the flowers just starting to bloom on trees along MLK Drive.

RAIN BOOTS AND UMBRELLAS FOR FRIDAY


A storm system spinning over the Central U.S. states Wednesday will slowly progress to the east over the next several days. By Friday morning, it will be centered over the Midwest and heading our way. Take a look at one models projection for just 2am Friday:

The rain is already beginning to reach into the north and western zones of our region. It may begin spotty, or light, but quickly turns into a widespread and steady to heavy rain. The system isn’t a fast mover. In fact, we’ll get rain through much of the day, night, and even into Saturday morning. Here’s a look at our area by 8pm. The deep greens indicate the heavier rain:





Don’t believe it? Here’s yet another model (most the models are in great agreement) showing the heavy rain throughout the day. This is a snapshot from 4pm Friday. This model is a higher resolution, meaning it shows a more detailed look at where the heaviest rain may hit.

Notice, the pockets of yellow (heavier rain) are scattered. This will be the case throughout the Delaware Valley through the afternoon and evening. Thunderstorm potential isn’t high, aside from areas farthest south, where an isolated thunderstorm is possible—but not likely.

Still, this storm is looking to pack a punch. Could flooding be a problem? Possibly, but primarily for low-lying roadways and areas prone to ponding.  Many computer models are indicating around 1 – 2” of rain across the Delaware Valley by the time the system exits Saturday.

Winds will be an annoyance in Philadelphia Friday, with gusts around 25 mph. Along the shore, winds may be a larger problem, with gusts forecast up to 40 mph. Combine that with rainy weather, and it’ll be a dreary Friday.Notice, the pockets of yellow (heavier rain) are scattered. This will be the case throughout the Delaware Valley through the afternoon and evening. Thunderstorm potential isn’t high, aside from areas farthest south, where an isolated thunderstorm is possible—but not likely.



Still, this storm is looking to pack a punch. Could flooding be a problem? Possibly, but primarily for low-lying roadways and areas prone to ponding.  Many computer models are indicating around 1 – 2” of rain across the Delaware Valley by the time the system exits Saturday.

Winds will be an annoyance in Philadelphia Friday, with gusts around 25 mph. Along the shore, winds may be a larger problem, with gusts forecast up to 40 mph. Combine that with rainy weather, and it’ll be a dreary Friday.

As for temperatures? They’ll fall to the low to mid 50s through Philadelphia and New Jersey. Areas like the Lehigh Valley will likely only make it to the upper 40s, and Delaware can see up to the upper 50s.

WEEKEND REBOUND

While Friday is looking to be a washout, there is good news for your weekend. The system starts to exit the area Saturday morning. Take a look at the projection for Saturday at 1PM:

As for temperatures? They’ll fall to the low to mid 50s through Philadelphia and New Jersey. Areas like the Lehigh Valley will likely only make it to the upper 40s, and Delaware can see up to the upper 50s.




WEEKEND REBOUND

While Friday is looking to be a washout, there is good news for your weekend. The system starts to exit the area Saturday morning. Take a look at the projection for Saturday at 1PM:

It will still be breezy, but the rain is out around noon. Clouds will linger, and temperatures will remain slightly below average around the low 50s through much of the area.

By Sunday, the clouds exit, and temperatures can climb with the sunshine. Highs are forecast in the mid 60s for Philadelphia and Delaware, low 60s for New Jersey and the PA Suburbs. Even the Lehigh Valley will climb to the upper 50s.

IMPORTANT NOTES TO END THE MONTH



This additional rain should help Philadelphia end the month officially right around average for total precipitation. As of Wednesday, Philadelphia had officially picked up 2.62” of precipitation (that include the water equivalent of snow + any rain seen for the month). The average for March is 3.57”.

As for temperatures—and this one is BIG—the average temperature for the month is set to hit slightly BELOW average in Philadelphia. That will be the first time a month in Philly has NOT been above average in 9 months (the last time this happened was May 2016 when Philadelphia averaged 0.9 degrees cooler than average).

April is just about to kick off, and that means more rainy periods to come. We’ll update you on the next possible round with a new blog soon! 





















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