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Region expects to see some needed rainfall

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Pull out the umbrellas because rain is likely to arrive by today.

In fact, the National Weather Service is reporting that up to a half inch may fall between late in the day and Tuesday morning.

While areas of the state received rain over the weekend, precipitation mostly missed northcentral Pennsylvania.

“It (rain) will be beneficial,” National Weather Service Forecaster Barry Lambert said.

There could be patchy drizzle to start today with fog and a chance of showers after 2 p.m. Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with a high of 77 degrees.

The rock bottom of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River can be seen in Muncy with the low water level. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

For Tuesday, the chance of rain is 80 percent and there could even be a thunderstorm. The temperature will be above normal for this time with a high of 72.

“The moisture is actually streaming up from the south,” Lambert said. “We could get an occasional shower into Wednesday, and it will be turning much cooler.”

Otherwise, it is expected to be mostly cloudy Wednesday with a high of 67 and an overnight low of 49.

Thursday and Friday will be partly sunny with highs in the mid-60s and overnight lows in the low to mid 40s.

The weekend calls for mostly sunny skies both days with highs in the low 60s.

Lambert reported that the Williamsport area has so far received 25.70 inches of rain this year which is just under five inches below normal.

Last year, 37.35 inches of rain had fallen by this date.

“We are about as far below normal this year as we were above normal last year,” he said.

The river stage at Williamsport is at minus .478.

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