Essex County residents shouldn’t be lulled into a false sense of security tonight after strong early evening thunderstorms passed through the area.
According to Mike Pigott of AccuWeather, the county is under a flash flood watch.
According to the National Weather Service, the area is experiencing a hazardous weather watch that will bring returning storms later on this evening to some areas.
Pigott said the storms today were “brought on by a slow-moving warm front from the Great Lakes region.” The storms received their intensity, he said, because the storm was slow moving.
The forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms for the area between 7 and 11 p.m. tonight with some of the storms bringing dangerous rain and storms throughout the county. Overnight, patchy fog will settle in over the area with a low around 69 degrees.
The Flash Flood Watch that was issued, he said, is basically because the thunderstorms have been slow moving and the heavy rain has no place to recede.
“Area’s of poor drainage and low-lying areas will mostly be affected,” he said.
“The Thursday forecast does not get any better,” Pigott said, “because for tomorrow a cold front, also from the Great Lakes, will bring more strong storms.” He said a combination of high humidity in the county tomorrow will cause heavy thunderstorms beginning in the late morning and into the remainder of the day.
There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation Thursday, Pigott said. The high on Thursday will be 83 degrees.