intellicast_radar0516.jpgA cold front is pressing down upon us from the north. The line of rain accompanying the front stretches from Albany to Scranton and should hit the city by mid-afternoon. Beware! Showers and perhaps a thunderstorm will produce locally heavy rains and gusty winds. We may even see a bit of hail. Most of the rain will be out of here by seven or eight this evening, but the chance of showers will linger until midnight.

The rain can't come soon enough for the Pine Barrens in New Jersey. High winds, no rain for 20 days, and an errant flare from and F-16 have set off a huge wildfire. Nearly 14,000 acres have burned and 2500 homes have been evacuated.

The rain will herald the arrival of cooler air. Temperatures should fall to around 70 degrees this evening. Tomorrow's high will only be in the mid-60s. We may not see 60 on Friday. The weekend is looking sunny and seasonable according the Weather Service. The Weather Channel thinks it will be cool and rainy. AccuWeather splits the difference and goes with cool and dry. Something tells us the forecasters don't yet have a good handle on the weekend weather.

Update: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for city, Nassau County. and much of New Jersey. The watch is valid until 8:00 p.m. Hail to 1.5 inches in diameter, thunderstorm wind gusts to 70 mph, and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes. Locations north of the city, including Rockland and Westchester Counties are under a Tornado Watch until 6 p.m. and a Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for portions of Passaic and Bergen Counties in New Jersey and Rockland County in New York as radar indicates a line of severe thunderstorms producing penny-sized hail moving through those areas.

Afternoon radar map from Intellicast.