NWS: Heavy rainfall could bring minor flooding

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After two days full of warm sunshine, today’s high not even making it to 50 degrees may shock and disappoint.

And the potential of “flurries flying” late Monday is just salt in the wound, said Charles Ross, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

“But the snow’s not the main focus,” Ross said. “The big story is the amount of rain we’re going to have (tonight) and Monday.”

Ross said the area is looking at about 2 inches of rain coming down quickly enough that it “could cause some minor flooding.” The rain will taper off Monday as a cold front goes through, he said.

“When all this is done, there’s a strong cold front on Monday and there may be some flurries, but it won’t stick,” Ross said.

Temperatures will be in the 40s and may briefly spike up into the 50s, he said, but they will fall back into the 30s overnight.

The culprit cold front moved up in place of the warm front that gave central Pennsylvania a taste of spring. Its effects already could be felt toward the tail end of Saturday, Ross said.

The recorded high temperature in Williamsport was 80 degrees Saturday afternoon. By 8 p.m., the temperature had already fallen into the 50s, he said.

“That’s a pretty fast temperature fall,” Ross said. “We call that a ‘backdoor cold front.’ “

“And, while it was 80 degrees in Williamsport, it was 30 degrees in Rochester, New York,” he added. “That’s a massive temperature difference.”