January 12, 2024

Another Strong Storm System to Hit Philadelphia Region Tonight

Following Tuesday’s destructive storm, our region is now on alert for another weather system that will bring heavy rain, strong winds, and the potential for flooding. A First Alert has been issued for the entire Philadelphia region from Friday night to Saturday morning.

The storm, rapidly approaching from the Midwest, is expected to traverse the Philadelphia region at a faster pace than its predecessor. Light rain could start towards the end of the Friday evening commute, followed by steady rain. The most intense downpours are anticipated late Friday night into the early hours of Saturday morning.

While the overall rainfall is not projected to be as substantial as the previous storm, it is likely to exacerbate flooding concerns in areas with already elevated river, creek, and stream levels. Rainfall totals range from half an inch at the Jersey Shore to up to 2 inches in the Philadelphia suburbs.

The storm’s impact extends beyond rainfall, with wind gusts expected to reach up to 50 miles per hour from the Jersey Shore to Philadelphia, Wilmington, Trenton, and surrounding areas. Loose soil from previous storms raises concerns about toppled trees and downed power lines.

Flood and coastal flood watches have already been issued for parts of the region, with the highest flood risk along the Barnegat Bay in South Jersey and the tidal Delaware River during overnight high tide. Coastal flood threats are anticipated to persist through Saturday afternoon’s high tide, while low-lying areas throughout the region may experience pockets of flooding and road ponding.

As the storm unfolds on a windy Saturday, temperatures are expected to dip, resulting in afternoon “feels-like” temperatures in the 30s. Residents are advised to bundle up and remain cautious.

In preparation for the storm, residents are urged to follow safety guidelines, including unplugging electrical appliances, shutting off gas supplies to appliances, and being vigilant in low-lying areas prone to flooding. These precautions aim to ensure the safety and well-being of residents during and after the approaching storm.

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