Messy, messy weather forecast for the next few days. A cold front that stretches from the New York-Vermont border in the north to New Orleans in the south will slowly, achingly slowly, make its way eastward today and tomorrow. There was a tornado over the Thruway near Amsterdam last night. That slow progress is allowing moisture from what remains of tropical storm Lee to move northeastward along the Appalachians, bringing with it the potential for lots and lots of rain.
Our morning sun will give way to clouds and scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. A flash flood watch for the whole metropolitan area is in effect starting at noon. Today's high will reach the lower 80s.
The bulk of the rain will begin this evening and last until Wednesday. Showers are likely to drop 1-2 inches of rain over the city with higher amounts possible. Tomorrow's high will probably stay in the upper 60s. If so, it will be the first day the city hasn't seen 70 degrees since May 23rd! The cold front should be through the city by Wednesday but is expected to stall, or even retreat, for a couple of days so more rain is possible through Thursday. If all works out well the front will get dragged out to sea as Hurricane Katia curves out to the North Atlantic. That scenario gives us a fine, fine weekend full of sun.