A Nor'Easter Will Slam The NYC Area This Weekend

July 20, 2018 - 8:02 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A rare nor'easter will pass through the tri-state area this weekend -- particularly Saturday evening -- dumping massive amounts of rain and causing flooding, according to AccuWeather's forecast.

Here's how and why it's happening: A rainstorm moving up from the South will coincide with a shift in the jet stream and mark the beginning of an extended period of wet, humid conditions in the East.

As the storm begins to move and gain some strength, it will force drenching rain northward along the mid-Atlantic coast, passing through the New York area beginning Saturday, and into New England as Sunday kicks off.

The rain will be heavy enough to cause a period of flash flooding.

During Saturday night the heavy rain is projected to spread northward across eastern and central Pennsylvania, New Jersey, southeastern and central New York state and southern New England.

On Saturday at 7 pm, the temperature will dip to 68 degrees, withh the chance of rain 63 percent. But by 8 pm, the chance of rain will jump to 80 percent and stay around that until 1 a.m.

Coastal areas, take note: Increasing winds along the coast are likely to create rough surf and strong rip currents as early as Saturday, and will continue into Saturday night. 

Travel will undoubtedly be impacted, as poor visibility may cause vehicle traffic to slow to a crawl at times. Airline delays due to a low cloud ceiling are likely, as well at times.  

Local wind damage is expected, along with the coastal flooding.