New Jersey can expect a stormy start to the Memorial Day weekend with possible severe storms Friday packing gusty winds and flash flooding before more rain Saturday, forecasters said.

The outlook for the rest of the holiday weekend looks much better with dry sunny conditions and highs in the 80s on Sunday and Memorial Day on Monday.

Although there were sunny spells on Thursday morning, National Weather Service forecasters are calling for a “bit of a damp and dreary day” with highs reaching 70 degrees. There is a chance of drizzle anytime between 3 and 8 p.m., the weather service said in its discussion of the morning forecast.

The Weather Service released dangerous weather forecasts for 14 counties on Friday, saying “multiple flooding events are possible, particularly in urban and poorly drained areas and near particularly vulnerable small creeks and creeks.” The outlook added that scattered severe thunderstorms are possible. Friday.

Counties that are not subject to hazardous weather conditions are Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic and Union.

Periods of rain are likely in New Jersey on Saturday, May 28, 2022, according to AccuWeather.com.AccuWeather.com

Ahead of Friday’s thunderstorms, the chance of drizzle and scattered showers will continue through Thursday evening. Forecasters also point to a possibility of patchy fog, especially north and west of Interstate 95 as overnight temperatures dip into the low 60s.

On Friday, conditions are expected to remain dry through the afternoon across much of the state and perhaps well into the early evening along the Jersey Shore before the rain arrives.

Even though forecasts from the weather service indicate that heavy rains and flash floods are increasingly likely in the mid-Atlantic region, it is still unclear where it will occur, again emphasizing that there are too many uncertainty.

Locally damaging gusts of wind are possible, but widespread high winds are not expected on Friday.

A muggy Friday is likely with lots of humidity and high temperatures between the mid 70s and around 80s.

Forecasts for Saturday call for “unstable” conditions, with areas north of Interstate 78 having the best chance of thunderstorms. Periods of rain are still possible across the state, but the weather service said the day won’t be catastrophic.

Highs on a mostly cloudy day will be in the upper 70s to near 80s.

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