Jersey Shore to escape the worst of Friday’s weather wrath

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The first drops of rain could fall in the late-morning hours on Friday, May 16, according to advance radar images./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com The first drops of rain could fall in the late-morning hours on Friday, May 16, according to advance radar images./Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com A rain-making weather system that prompted flash flood watches in western New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will most likely deliver lesser amounts to the Jersey Shore on Friday, May 16, forecasters say.

According to updated National Weather Service Forecasts, Atlantic and CapeCounty residents could expect about one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain on Friday. Areas to the west, such as Cumberland and Salem counties, as well as areas to the north, Ocean and Burlington counties, could get between three-quarters and one inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Future radar outlooks predict the Friday's rain could end as early as midnight./Weatherbell Anaylitics, www.weatherbell.com Future radar outlooks predict the Friday's rain could end as early as midnight./Weatherbell Anaylitics, www.weatherbell.com All of the moisture is caused by a slow-moving, border-to-border cold front that will tap into Gulf of Mexico moisture, according to the National Weather Service.

Residents living in the area along the I-81 section of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia could get anywhere between 2-5 inches of rain by the time the system finally passes.

However, the front will speed up as it gets closer to the Jersey Shore, forecasters say. Instead of sitting over New Jersey for an extended period of time, the front will clear the coast in less that a day. As a result, New Jersey will experience lower rain levels.

However, rain could fall heavily during the afternoon and early evening hours.

The first rains are expected before noon and the last of the precipitation should leave New Jersey in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 17. The latest National Weather Service forecasts calls for coastal Atlantic and Cape May counties to receive about one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain on Friday, May 16./NWS The latest National Weather Service forecasts calls for coastal Atlantic and Cape May counties to receive about one-half to three-quarters of an inch of rain on Friday, May 16./NWS


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