UNION, NJ — The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch for Union and other towns in the area that will stretch from this afternoon through into the early hours of Thursday morning.

Union is part of a large swath of New Jersey under such warnings, an area that includes Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union counties.

According to the NWS, "a strong frontal system approaches Wednesday, with a rapidly intensifying coastal low tracking just southeast of the area Wednesday night. This will result in moderate to heavy rainfall late Wednesday afternoon and night.

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"Much of the area will see two to three inches of rainfall with the potential for localized bands of higher amounts. The heaviest rain will exit the area by midnight."

Flash flooding is possible along the faster responding small river and streams across the watch area. As a result, urban and poor drainage flooding is possible as well.