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N.J. weather: Flash flood watch issued with up to 3 inches of rain, 50 mph winds in storm forecast

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A flash flood watch has been issued for parts of New Jersey on Wednesday on what will a wet, windy day in New Jersey with up to 3 inches of rain in spots as winds gust as high as 50 mph along the Jersey Shore, potentially causing minor coastal flooding.

It’ll stay dry this morning before rain arrives in full force Wednesday afternoon and continues through the evening as low pressure and cold front push into our area, the National Weather Service said in its storm update early Wednesday.

Rain could be heavy at times and some thunder is possible as well.

Rain totals will be about 1 inch in South Jersey, 1.5 to 2 inches in Central Jersey and 2 to 3 inches in North Jersey. The rain should end around 9 p.m. in southern areas of the state and by about 1 a.m. Thursday in northeastern New Jersey.

A flash flood watch will be effect from this afternoon until late Wednesday evening for the state’s five northeastern counties, where forecasters say small streams could spill over their banks and streets, especially in urban areas with poor drainage.

In addition to the rain, the wind will be the other story for this coastal storm, weather forecasters said.

A wind advisory for Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties kicks in at 10 p.m. Wednesday and lasts until 6 p.m. Thursday. Winds that blow out of the west at 20 to 30 mph have the potential to gust as high as 35 to 45 mph and bring down tree limbs and power lines, the weather service said.

Though the rain won’t really get going until later Wednesday, forecasters also note that spotty, minor coastal flooding is possible with this morning’s high tide.

Counties not under either a flash flood watch or wind advisory aren’t off the hook for nasty weather, though. In those area, rain will still be heavy at times and could lead to flooding in areas with poor drainage. Winds could gust to up to 40 mph.

Temperatures in New Jersey at 7 a.m. range from the low 40s in the northwest corner of the state to the low 60s in Cape May County. The temperatures will climb into the mid to upper 60s this afternoon before dipping into the 40s overnight.

The rain will be gone Thursday morning though windy conditions stick around on a sunny, cool day. Highs will be about 60, though winds that could gust as high as 50 mph along the Shore will make it feel chillier.

Winds only diminish slightly on Thursday night and it stays windy on Friday, especially close the ocean.

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Even well inland, wind gusts could still reach 30 mph by Thursday night.

Friday will be dry and sunny with highs in the low 60s.

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