PHILADELPHIA - A week after the remnants of Hurricane Ida plowed across the Delaware Valley leaving behind destruction and flooding, another band of strong storms threatens to soak saturated ground which could give rise to receded floodwaters.
A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued until 12:15 a.m. Thursday for Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for southeastern Pennsylvania counties and areas in the Lehigh Valley from Wednesday afternoon to evening. The advisory also includes Mercer County and most parts of northern New Jersey that are still recovering from deadly flooding.
A cold front will help push a band of strong storms across the region into the overnight hours. Damaging winds and heavy rain will be the greatest threat to the region associated with the storm system. Forecasters warn that the possibility of an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.
The Weather Service put southeastern Pennsylvania at an ‘elevated’ risk for flash flooding and strong storms. Along with saturated grounds making flooding possible, the weather service says creeks, streams, and areas of poor drainage could run over.
Scattered rain showers will become sparse on Thursday morning as the storm moves offshore and sunshine reemerges. Conditions will stay in the upper 70s for the next several days with plenty of sunshine to help sop up saturated grounds.
WEDNESDAY: Evening storms. High: 87
THURSDAY: Morning rain, p.m. sun. High: 77, Low: 68
FRIDAY: Sunny, breezy. High: 76, Low: 60
SATURDAY: Sunny, pleasant. High: 79, Low: 56