Thunderstorms, rain, temperature drop in NJ forecast

NEW JERSEY – Up to two inches of rain is expected in the Garden State later this week, with thunderstorms and plummeting temperatures in the forecast.

National Weather Service forecasters are expecting 1 to 2 inches of rain between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, with the heaviest rains hitting the Jersey Shore.

“The low pressure will bring a long period of steady rain to the area Wednesday afternoon and through Thursday and Thursday evening,” the National Weather Service Mount Holly Station said in a tweet Tuesday evening. “Thunderstorms are also possible Thursday afternoon.”

Thursday night is expected to bring more rain from I-95 northwest, forecasters said.

Precipitation is expected to move out of the state by Friday morning. Localized flooding can be expected in poorly drained areas, but widespread flooding is not likely, according to the National Weather Service, because rainfall will occur over an extended period.

Wednesday will likely see thickening and lowering clouds with a 10 mph easterly wind, according to the National Weather Service, and temperatures around the upper 40s.

The weather agency says temperatures in northern New Jersey could drop into the 30s (with extreme northwest New Jersey in store for below-freezing air), but southern Jersey could experience a milder night in the 40s. Thursday will see temperatures in the mid 50s with wind gusts of up to 20 mph.

And while Friday and Saturday should see the mercury hover around the mid-50s, temperatures are expected to drop further on Sunday (mid-40s) and Monday (low-40s). Read more: Has NJ finished with snow for the season?

Here are the latest predictions:

Wednesday: A chance of rain, mainly after 4 p.m. Mainly cloudy, with highs near 47. Wind east 10-15 mph. Further precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are possible.

Wednesday evening: Rain, with thunderstorms also possible after midnight. Some of the storms could bring heavy rainfall. Low around 43. Windy, with an east wind of 15 to 20 mph. Further rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches are possible.

Thursday: Rain. High near 58. Wind southeast around 10 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph. Further precipitation amounts between three-quarters and one inch are possible.

Thursday evening: Rain, mostly before 2am, then chance of showers after 2am. Low around 46. Wind south 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter inch are possible.

Friday: Chance of showers before 8 a.m. Mainly sunny with highs near 59. Wind west 10-15 mph.

Friday evening: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.