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Rain to continue; flash flooding in low-lying areas

By JOHN RISHEL

jrishel@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — With heavy rain expected throughout the next few days, it should come as no surprise that low-laying areas will see some flooding.

Tuesday afternoon saw a flash flood watch issued for a portion of central Pennsylvania, including Cameron, Columbia, Elk, Montour, Northern Clinton, Northern Lycoming, Southern Clinton, Southern Lycoming, and Sullivan, according to the National Weather Service.

A storm front over northern Pennsylvania will lead to numerous showers and thunderstorms that are currently expected to last through Thursday night.

Some of the thunderstorms will contain very heavy rain, and the repeated, heavy rainfall could be enough to cause flash flooding in some areas, forecasters said.

As a matter of fact, rainy weather over the next few days could cause flooding across Pennsylvania.

The rain, according to AccuWeather, is thanks to a series of storm systems expected to move through the Ohio Valley to the central Appalachians and mid-Atlantic coast.

“The pattern could become worse than just disrupting outdoor activities and slowing travel,” an AccuWeather report said. “Through Thursday, the area from Kentucky and southern Illinois through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware will receive a general 2-4 inches of rain.”

Large rivers should be able to withstand the rain, but smaller streams and creeks could overflow their banks, they said.

According to weather.com, today’s forecast calls for a high of 81 degrees and a low of 66. There is an 80 percent chance of precipitation along with scattered thunderstorms. There are light winds predicted, and a humidity of 79 percent.

Tomorrow is expected to be a bit cooler, but also a bit more humid, at 84 percent. The high temperature is predicted at 78 degrees with a low of 60. There is also a forecasted 80 percent chance of rain.

Local residents will be glad to hear that the weekend is expected to be clear, with just a 20 percent chance of rainfall on Friday and a 10 percent chance of rain for Saturday.

Friday’s high temperature is forecast at 76 degrees, partly cloudy, with a low of 54. There are considerable winds predicted, up to 10-15 miles per hour.

Saturday will be mostly clear, a high of 79 and a low of 58, with the winds expected to die down.

The break from the rain won’t last long, however, as showers are expected to resume Sunday morning with isolated thunderstorms arriving Sunday afternoon and continuing through Monday and Tuesday next week.

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