Back edge of rain moving across area now and there is some clearing not far to west, so drying things out and sunnying it up a bit for the afternoon forecast. Despite the improvement, people should be cautioned to watch for ongoing flooding during the afternoon and on into tonight. So, we’ve got a real mess on our hands, and the general 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain that the WJZ viewing area will be falling on ground that was completely saturated by the rain we had a little over two weeks ago. Therefore, we expect not only some street and highway flooding, but also flooding in areas of poor drainage, as well as some rivers, creeks and streams. Even though the heaviest rain should begin to wrap up this afternoon (probably from SW to NE between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m.), there should still be rises on those rivers, streams and creeks as the runoff collects in them.
The news could “only get better” for Preakness Day tomorrow, which should be a decent one with no less than partial sunshine. Race time temperatures should be within a couple of degrees of 70. We’re going to mention a shower on Sunday afternoon, which isn’t really a “guarantee” at this point, but with colder than normal air aloft and a strong May sun interacting with each other, there may just be enough instability to trigger one or two of them.
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