Heavy rain to continue overnight, but warmup is on the way

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — Concerns are now being focused on the region’s rivers and streams as two to four inches of heavy rain drenches the entire area.

The Rahway River gauge in Springfield, N.J. is already at Moderate Flood stage and is nearing Major Wednesday night.

Many rivers including the Raritan and Passaic in New Jersey have gone over their banks and are experiencing minor stage flooding. With more rain on the way, it is only expected to get worse into Thursday morning.

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Heavy rain and gusty winds will continue to pound the region into the overnight hours. 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 Thursday 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 Wednesday afternoon, highs could reach beyond 70 degrees! The cold front moves by Thursday night and temperatures will tumble back to the lower 50s.

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.