Possible flooding, heavy rain expected as storm churns toward NY, NJ

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NEW YORK – A strong system in the nation’s midsection will make its way eastward bringing rain across the tri-state region on Wednesday. The storm is prompting tornado warnings in the Deep South and blizzard warnings across the northern Plains. Flood watches continue for parts of New Jersey because of the possibly heavy rain and the saturated ground from the snowmelt.

Skies will cloud up ahead of the system Tuesday night. Temperatures will only dip into the lower 40s. Some areas along the coast may develop patchy fog with the winds coming off the ocean.

The cold front will slowly inch its way east with showers developing Wednesday morning across New Jersey. The rain will make its way into the city during the afternoon and last well into the evening. The rain could become locally heavy with a rumble of the thunder.

The winds will also be gusting from the south at 30 mph, whipping around the rain, especially during the afternoon and evening. With the southerly winds in place, temperatures will also climb close to 60 late in the day.

The front will then drift off shore overnight, keeping clouds around for much of Thursday. A westerly wind will keep temperatures in the balmy lower 50s.

Cooler air comes in on Friday but temperatures will stay above normal, with highs in the lower 40s. The weekend looks nice with plenty of sunshine and highs in the upper 40s.