Weather: Heavy rain elevates flood risk (6/20/2019 AM)

Amanda's Forecast Blog

Good morning!

Wet weather is back. Let’s hear that collective ‘ugh’! But, it’s for one day and just about one day only, as we slide back into some sunshine by the weekend. Here’s the breakdown:

Early morning Thursday clouds gradually increase, but we’re actually mainly dry to kick off the day with just a few showers across the board. Most of the action is still slowly meandering in, moving from the Ohio River Valley to the northeast. Mid to late morning, into early afternoon, widespread rain arrives. Rain may be heavy at times, with possible embedded torrential downpours or even a few rumbles of thunder. The temp holds steady in the mid 60s to near 70 degrees with a light southeast wind, shifting to out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Rain will persist overnight, before eventually tapering off early Friday. In total, most should rack up more than 1″ rainfall. There will be some spots northwest of the Champlain Valley that don’t quite hit that mark; but on the flip side, from the Adirondacks to central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom, some towns could receive more than 2″ of rain. 3″ or even 4″ localized rainfall totals won’t be unheard of. That elevates the risk for flash flooding specifically, but also generally minor rises on area waterways. Streams, creeks and rivers will be running high and fast. We’ve had a ton of rain in recent months, but as always, take this very seriously and avoid driving through floodwaters should we experience that.

Friday afternoon, rain ends and clouds gradually clear. Happy Summer! It’ll be a cool kickoff to the new season with a temp in the low 70s. Saturday promises a mix of sun and clouds, but a stray shower or two wouldn’t be out the question, particularly over higher terrain and in the Northeast Kingdom. Sunday, living up to its name, mostly sunny. Warm, too, near 80 degrees.

Have a great day! Stay dry!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Thibault

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