Friday, June 07, 2013

Soaking Of Rain Expected


Rains this morning across the Delaware Valley are more prevalent to the north and west of I-95, enhanced a bit by a frontal boundary that's snaked across the region.  Rainfall amounts so far range from a half inch in Reading to nearly three quarters of an inch in Pottstown to a quarter inch in Philadelphia.  Note that more rain is falling west of I-95 than east so far.  This boundary will play a role in helping enhance rainfall to the city's west later today as Andrea's soaking lifts northeast through the day.  Early morning radar shows the system starting to lift into Virginia, with a northeast trajectory expected to continue through the course of the day.

The forecast remains on track -- one to three inches on a widespread scale, some isolated higher amounts. Higher resolution modeling suggests the highest amounts west of the city, with other modeling varying a bit on placement of the axis of rain.  As a rule, most everyone should pick up one to three inches today.

The general lack of activity to the city's east will end during the latter half of the morning rush as rains to our south lift northeast.  Rain, steady to heavy at times, will be with us through the day.  Worst of the worst remains in line for this afternoon and this evening hours before gradually subsiding later tonight.

Rain will be the bigger story although it may be breezy at times at the Shore with gusts to 30 mph, perhaps a notch or two higher.  Inland areas may get some breeze but wind will not be a huge factor.

Highs today don't get too terribly warm -- generally 60's north and west of I-95, 70's along I-95 and southeast.