Stormy Saturday: heavy rain, gusty winds, and potentially significant river flooding

    A storm system will arrive Saturday, delivering warmer air, heavy rain, likely significant river flooding, and the potential for damaging wind gusts.

    A briefing released by the National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, NJ advises of the potential for over two inches of rain mainly between the afternoon and evening hours on Saturday. Local flooding is possible due to heavy rain moving over frozen ground.

    Forecasters say that some storms may contain damaging winds gusts in southern areas.

    Due to runoff from heavy rainfall and ice clogged rivers, significant river flooding is also likely, the service advises. Weather conditions improve on Sunday, but the flooding threat will remain.

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    “Moderate to major river flooding is possible where ice jams form, but it is impossible to predict in advance where these may occur,” the bulletin warns. “Rivers could rapidly rise to moderate or major flooding levels behind an ice jam with little or no warning. Flooding is also possible downstream from ice jams if they break suddenly.”

    Forecasters encourage everyone who lives along a river or stream to monitor the flooding threat here.

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