Flash flood watch issued for Luzerne, Lackawanna counties

By Travis Kellar

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Potentially heavy rain tonight could create the possibility for some flooding in the Wyoming Valley.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Luzerne and Lackawanna counties from 1 p.m. today into this evening. The watch does not have an end time listed.

Rain with embedded thunderstorms will move across the region this afternoon and into the evening hours. Locally heavy rainfall is possible, with rainfall rates possibly exceeding an inch per hour at times.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Into the weekend

The National Weather Service indicated that it was 66 degrees as of 5:54 a.m. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, with light rain reported in some areas.

Cloudy skies are expected today, with a chance of rain — thunderstorms will also become possible after 5 p.m. Up to a half an inch of rain is possible today, and the high will be near 79.

Rain and thunderstorms are likely before 1 a.m. tonight, with a slight chance of showers into the overnight hours. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and heavy rain. Patchy fog will also be possible after midnight. Another half an inch of rain is possible, and tonight’s low will be around 63.

Mostly cloudy skies will gradually become sunny on Friday, with a high near 80. Clear skies will follow on Friday night, with a low around 61.

Sunny skies are predicted for Saturday, with a high near 81. Mostly clear skies will follow into Saturday night, with a low around 65.

Mostly sunny skies will wrap up the weekend on Sunday, with a high near 84. Mostly cloudy skies are expected on Sunday night, with a low around 68.

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