A complex area of low pressure off the Carolinas is slowly drifting toward our region in the next 24-48 hours giving us periods of light rain, drizzle and breezy conditions.
Winds will be driving from the northeast allowing ocean waves to swell up along parts of the coastline. A coastal flood advisory is in effect through tomorrow in anticipation of some minor flooding associated with the rain and wind that will pile up along the coast. Tides could generally be around a 1 – 1 1/2′ above normal.
The big question mark right now is the amount of rainfall we will get. As of now, we are expecting generally around an 1″ of rainfall for the city by early Saturday morning. Due to the long duration of the storm and the lack of rainfall we’ve had since the start of September, we do expect any river flooding to be minimal. With the storm stalling south of the area, there is a good chance are areas from 287 in New Jersey and south getting as much as 2-4″ of rainfall. For these areas, flash flooding could be concern late tonight and into Friday morning.
Depending on how far the low drifts northward pretty much dictates how much rainfall we will get. The 2-4″ range could easily be reached in the city if the low moves another 30 miles closer than anticipated. We will have to wait and see.