It’s been a long time since we’ve seen more than a day of slow pouring rain in the Lehigh Valley, but that’s what happened late this afternoon.
Labor Day soakers arrive in the late afternoon or early evening and are expected to continue through Tuesday and possibly Wednesday, with the required rainfall of 2 for most of eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where flood warnings have been issued. ~3 inches.
Brian Haynes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said people planning Labor Day events this afternoon should keep an eye on weather radar.
“If you have plans, if you want to get out, now is the time,” he said around mid-morning on Monday.
Rain and thunderstorms in Lehigh Valley expected Monday from 4 PM to 7 PM.
Flood watches for Lehi, Northampton, Warren, and surrounding counties are in effect Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. The Bureau of Meteorology warns that a potential rain rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour could cause water to rise in poorly drained lowlands and urban areas.
Flash flood warnings may be issued overnight if flooding is imminent or occurring.
The rain will slowly stop on Tuesday and Wednesday. So far, the second half of the week will be sunny with high temperatures in the 80’s.
The Lehigh Valley received about 5 inches less rain than normal from June 1 to August 31, and drought was observed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Rain should help alleviate that deficiency and improve foliage forecasts.
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