The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 15, 2014

Local weather takes a major plunge today

— STATE COLLEGE — Heavy rain and thunderstorms will sweep across the Northeast later today, putting many at risk for dangerous flooding and damaging winds.

The storm system and cold front that blasted through the Plains over the weekend and the Deep South on Monday, will trek into the East today and will continue to wreak havoc, said Jordan Root, a meteorologist at Accuweather.

Here in the Central Susquehanna Valley, temperatures will plunge from a comfortable high of 64 today to 24 overnight tonight. Temperatures are expected to rebound to the mid 40s under sunny skies on Wednesday.

Damaging winds and flash flooding will threaten the Southeast while rivers may overflow their banks in the Northeast.

Strong storms are expected to rumble across the Southeast Coast today as a blast of cold air meets warm and moist air centered over the region.

Rainfall rates of an inch per hour may occur which would create a fast rise in rivers and streams, prompting flash flooding emergencies.

“Folks out on the road may encounter blinding downpours throughout the day,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Maggie Johnson said. “Water may pond on roadways and motorists should use caution in their travels.”