The potential for two days of more deluges is at hand. Batten down the hatches.
The National Weather Service office in Mount Holly, New Jersey, has issued a flood watch for Delaware County and the rest of southeastern Pennsylvania, and much of the office’s coverage area, and it runs all the way through to midnight Sunday.
The western boundary of the coverage area is Chester and Berks counties. The watch includes the Lehigh Valley and the Poconos, all of New Jersey and New Castle County in Delaware.
As always, watches are the precursors to the potential for thunderstorm and flood warnings.
This watch reads, in part:
“High atmospheric moisture content combined with an approaching front late Saturday night through Sunday will result in numerous showers and thunderstorms capable of heavy rainfall. Fairly widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are forecast, with localized amounts of 3 to 5 inches possible in some areas where thunderstorms are more persistent. These totals may result in flash flooding, particularly in flood-prone urban and low-lying areas.”
AccuWeather adds: “Flooding may occur in some areas that were hit hard last Sunday and Monday and is also likely in many areas that missed out on the deluge in recent days.”
Areas hit hard last weekend were in Berks County and northern Delaware County, especially Radnor Township.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection-issued drought watch remains in effect for the entire state, though much of southeastern Pennsylvania continues to make up ground and is only slightly below normal for precipitation for 2023.