PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Wednesday is a Next Weather Alert Day, with bands of heavy rain, wind and even a few storms likely across much of the Delaware Valley. A high pressure system moved out of the way Tuesday night, increasing cloud cover and making way for this next storm system to move in.
At the Jersey Shore, the wind was whipping and the skies were gray.
Storm's timing will disrupt a.m. and p.m. travel
While the actual cold front attached to this system will move in during the afternoon, light rain began after 7 a.m. Wednesday. Showers will become heavier and steadier into the late morning. Budget some extra time for the early commute, and a lot more time for the evening one. Rain will be moderate to heavy at times, and winds will be a main issue for much of the area.
High winds expected
While gusty winds are anticipated across much of the Philly metro, central New Jersey and the coast could see the highest gusts, resulting in a Gale Warning being issued for the coastal areas extending from New York City through Cape May. With a few gusts over 45 mph, it's not out of the question that we may experience a few trees and power lines down, along with a possibility of some outages.
The worst of the winds will be through the early evening, before gradually subsiding into Thursday. That said, expect breezy conditions to remain through the end of the week.
Rainfall totals and storm chances
While most areas will receive 0.25 inches and 1.0 inch of rain throughout Wednesday, an afternoon line of (non-severe, but heavy) storms along the front may increase totals in a few spots, especially in central and southern New Jersey. This will raise the risk of some localized flooding; we'll be watching all poor-drainage areas for that possibility throughout the day.
By Thursday morning, skies will clear, the sun will come out and the temperatures will drop. Expect a dry but chilly end to the week.
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