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    NWS: Some Shore areas could see ‘significantly more’ than 4 inches of rain by Saturday night

     A lightning storm over the Belmar Marina in July 2014 by Victor Bubadias Photography.

    A lightning storm over the Belmar Marina in July 2014 by Victor Bubadias Photography.

    A soaker is ahead to end the week at the Jersey Shore, forecasters say. 

    It’s courtesy of a low pressure system that’s set to begin impacting the area on Friday before pulling away by Sunday. By then, it’s possible that some locations could see storm rainfall totals of more than four inches.

    The likelihood of heavy rain has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Watch for the Jersey Shore.

    Forecasters say showers and thunderstorms with heavy rain will develop starting Friday afternoon and impact southern New Jersey before pushing north toward the central portion of the state.  

    Additional waves of showers and thunderstorms, heavy at times, will then impact the area Friday night through Saturday afternoon.

    The National Weather Service says rainfall amounts will generally range from two to four inches, but thunderstorms moving over the same areas could result in “significantly higher amounts.” The agency expects the highest rainfall amounts from central Ocean County southward. 

    According to the Flash Flood Watch, forecasters say to be aware of rapidly rising water levels along streams, creeks, and in areas of poor drainage during periods of heavy rain, adding that significant roadway flooding may occur.

    “It is also important to note that heavy rain will fall over areas that already received several inches of rain early this week, so it will not take much for flooding to occur,” the watch advises. 

    NOAA is currently forecasting mostly cloudy skies on Saturday night, with a 50 percent chance of rain. By Sunday, the agency is calling for mostly sunny skies, a 20 percent chance of showers, and high temperatures near 80 degrees. 

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