radar_intellicast_0427.jpgAnother wet April day. Friday is off to a rainy start. So much so that the National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the city and much of northeastern and central New Jersey. The warning is in effect until 11:00 a.m. as a large area of moderate to heavy rainfall passes over already saturated ground. Taking a cue from Jesse Jackson the Weather Service reminds us "when encountering flooded roads make the wise choice… turn around… don't drown." If the warning's not enough a flood watch, a flood statement and a special weather statement have also been issued.

The heavy rains are causing all sorts of traffic problems around the area. Gothamist noticed a considerable amount of water on Riverside Drive this morning. Portions of the Bronx River and Sprain Brook Parkways are closed this morning and parts of the Saw Mill and Hutchinson Parkways were closed overnight. Did the rain cause any problems on your commute to work?

There are two factors causing the rain: a warm front approaching from the south and a small low pressure system riding along that front from the west. The two, along with the low pressure system's mother over the Great Lakes, are conspiring to dump a lot of water on us today into tomorrow. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm are very likely through early afternoon. While the chance of rain drops considerably later today as the warm front moves northward, we may still see a heavy shower or thunderstorm through tomorrow afternoon. High pressure eventually replaces all this mess and will bring us a beautiful Sunday. Expect a mix of sun and harmless clouds with a high around 70. An excellent day for a Cherry Blossom Festival.

Rainy radar map from Intellicast.com.