Right about now, I imagine many of you will be winding down your first workday post-Thanksgiving break, angling to scoot out on time, dare I say even a few minutes early? Well then, right about now seems like a good time to point out that it's still raining, and that a flash flood watch has been issued—just in time for your commute.
Maybe if you're lucky you'll pass through some magical subway waterfalls?
— woolyknickers (@woolyknickers) November 26, 2018
The National Weather Service issued the advisory to all five boroughs, extending from 4:00 p.m. today through 1 a.m. We can anticipate one to one-and-a-half inches of rain, which may sound like child's play on its own, but consider this: We just got one-to-two inches over the weekend (recall Saturday's soaking slog), and this extra special addition could set us up for flash flooding. According to NY 1, it will also earn this year a coveted spot on the city's Top 10 Wettest Years list.
It's raining history this afternoon. This rain will move 2018 into the top 10 wettest years for NYC. The city's climate is turning wetter. 5 of the top 10 wettest years have happened since 2000. Only 2 years since 1970 have ranked in the top 10 driest pic.twitter.com/wwsRyaGRxb
— NY1 Weather (@NY1weather) November 26, 2018
According to the NY Daily News, the rain looks like it will be at its heaviest and most frustrating until 7 p.m., prompting NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito to warn against "slippery conditions" primed to derail rush hour transit. This may be especially infuriating, not to mention dangerous, for those of you driving waterside roads: Please also be aware that the NWS has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory that will remain in place until 3 a.m.
Not to jinx straphangers citywide, but as I'm typing this, RIGHT NOW, the only subway line posting delays is the 7 (in both directions). Grab your swimmies and GET OUT OF HERE WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!!!