The one-two punch of a slow moving cold front and an associated weak low pressure system is expected to deliver heavy rain Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
While periods of rain are expected through Friday night, there is a higher potential of heavier activity during the daytime hours, the service says. Embedded thunderstorms are also possible.
Due to the heavy rain threat, the service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for numerous interior counties.
“A general one to two inches of rainfall is expected, with locally higher amounts,” the watch advises. “Flash flooding is possible along small rivers and streams and also in urban areas, especially if these rainfall amounts are met or exceeded in a six-hour period or less.”
But the dreary weather won’t last long.
“The news on the more positive side, for our area, is that the front will push through by Saturday morning, leaving us with a generally pleasant weekend,” says John Homenuk, lead forecaster at New York Metro Weather.