Rain expected to last throughout Thursday, no flooding expected

Christine Lee, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.
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Mar. 18—Rain is expected to fall in Schuylkill County all day Thursday, but there is little risk of major flooding.

Bill Gartner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's State College station, said steady rain will fall throughout the day, with most of eastern Pennsylvania getting an inch of it, although some parts with get an inch and a half.

"It's going to be good, soaking rain," he said.

The wet weather in Schuylkill County is part of a larger weather system that brought storms and tornadoes to parts of the South Wednesday and Thursday. Gartner said the rain is expected to taper off at midnight, at which time there is a chance for light sleet and snow. Some spots in the county could get a half-inch or less, he added.

The snow, sleet and rain are all expected to stop by sunrise, just after 7 a.m. on Friday, Gartner said.

While some local streams will rise, he said no widespread flooding is expected. However, he said any spots where there is poor drainage, the water will accumulate.

Schuylkill County Emergency Management Coordinator John Matz said he was not concerned about flooding with the low amount of rain expected Thursday.

"Less than 2 inches of rain isn't enough to cause flooding," he said. "The creeks are rising, but it's not enough to overflow."

Matz said 5 inches of rain is enough to cause problems in areas of the county that are prone to flooding. Public works officials in municipalities prone to rising waters are keeping an eye on areas that flood, he added. Although Thursday's weather wasn't a concern, Matz said it is welcome.

"I think we need the rain, it's been a little dry out there," he said.

Friday's weather forecast from the National Weather Service calls for partly sunny weather, with a high of 43 degrees. The sunny weather is expected to continue into the weekend, with temperatures in the mid to upper 50s.

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