CLARK, NJ - The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in effect today through Friday morning for Union County. A slow moving cold front will cross the area today, pulling in tropical moisture streaming up from the south as it does. Periods of heavy rain are expected to dump one to three inches of rainfall with locally higher amounts. Thunderstorms are possible, producing gusty winds and enhancing rainfall totals. Chance of precipitation for this afternoon and evening is 80 per cent.
Tropical Storm Arthur was upgraded to hurricane status early this morning. Hurricane watches and warnings are posted along the eastern seaboard from southeast Virginia to South Carolina. While a direct hit on New Jersey is not expected, the storm will contribute to local rainfall totals. Beachgoers are cautioned to be alert to dangerous riptides along the Jersey coast this weekend.
Rain should end by Friday afternoon and tomorrow’s evening forecast calls for partly cloudy skies. Saturday and Sunday are forecast to bring lots of sunshine and daytime highs of 85.