Flood warning in parts of NJ, flood advisory in NYC as rain pounds tri-state

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – A flood warning is now in effect for parts of New Jersey and a flood advisory has been issued for New York City as rain totals continue to climb Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, a flood warning is in effect for the following areas until 8 p.m.: Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Middlesex counties.

A flood advisory is in effect for New York City through 5:45 p.m.

Rainfall has already accumulated over 2 inches in all of the affected counties, and a flood warning means “flooding is imminent or has been reported.”

Smaller streams and rivers could overflow their banks as the rain continues into evening hours. Strong easterly winds and the new moon will allow some minor flooding along the shoreline during tonight’s high tide cycle. For this, a Coastal Flood Advisory is in effect.

Anyone in affected areas is asked not to drive on water-covered roadways, but to seek higher ground.

Flood warnings and advisories have been issued for a large portion of the area. Moderate to heavy rain is creating excessive ponding on area roadways and low lying areas.

Showers are expected to continue throughout the afternoon, both the Mets and Yankees have postponed their games.  The rain will continue through Wednesday night as a warm front makes its way through the area.

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Heavy downpours will occur from time to time. There could even be a few rumbles of thunder during heaviest periods. The rain isn’t expected to taper off until the early morning hours. Even so, there still could be a lingering shower or two through tomorrow afternoon with the passage of the cold front. When all is said and done, around 2-4” will have fallen.

With the warm front passing, temperatures tonight are expected to climb through the 50s. By tomorrow afternoon, highs could reach beyond 70 degrees! The cold front moves by tomorrow night and temperatures will tumble back to the lower 50s.