PHILADELPHIA - Showers that lasted throughout the day Friday will continue over the weekend, but forecasters are hopeful that the rain will lessen in time to salvage Mother's Day plans.
Showers will continue overnight Friday with isolated downpours in areas mainly north and west of Philadelphia. Steady rain will engulf the Delaware Valley through the early morning hours, then hit a brief lull and pickup again for the rest of Saturday.
Along with the rain, forecasters believe temperatures will drop into the low 50's and upper 40's with blustery wind gusts that are expected to reach Gale or Storm Force along the coast. The National Weather Service warns that strong winds could damage trees and power lines.
Storms will persist through Saturday evening, with embedded pockets of heavy downpours. The weather service says areas along the coast will shoulder the brunt of the storm, with the threat of minor-to-moderate tidal flooding into throughout the weekend.
Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected, which could also result in minor localized flooding, according to forecasters.
FOX 29's Scott Williams says the coastal storm will start to peter out by Sunday morning, with lingering showers that will mostly clear by the early evening. Temperatures, however, will stay stuck well below-average.
Spring conditions will return on Monday and continue to rally throughout the week. Forecasters predict highs to reach the mid-70s by midweek with a mix of sun and clouds.
SATURDAY: Rainy and windy. High: 54, Low: 50
SUNDAY: Mother's Day. High: 56, Low: 52
MONDAY: Still cool, partly sunny. High: 62, Low: 45
TUESDAY: Milder, nice. High: 67, Low: 47
WEDNESDAY: Sun and clouds. High: 69, Low: 49