While we wait on Irma, more immediate rain is in the forecast
It's my favorite movie of all time and it's perhaps the most-quoted line in the film:
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
— Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," 1986
What I mean by that is, we are all understandably wary of Hurricane Irma, whether for the sake of loved ones in Florida or over concerns about what the storm's effects might be in New Jersey. But the weather does not grind to a halt as we brace for one big event.
There are immediate elements in Wednesday's forecast which you should be paying attention to, as those will affect what you wear, how you prepare, and what your commute will be like on both ends of the work and school day.
New Jersey is still on track for showers and thunderstorms all day Wednesday, and the rain from those storms could get heavy at times. Highs will range anywhere from the mid-60s in the northwest corner of the state to the mid-70s near the Jersey Shore.
Rain and thunderstorms continue Wednesday evening and into the overnight hours, with lows in the mid-50s to lower 60s. Showers finally clear out, along with cloud cover, on Thursday morning, leading to a sunny second half of that day and highs rebounding all the way into the mid-70s.
Friday looks partly cloudy, with a familiar range of highs from the upper 60s to mid-70s, though there could be an afternoon shower or two in far North Jersey.
Saturday and Sunday both have the potential to be very sunny, very comfortable days at the moment, but we'll update that more as the weekend comes into sharper focus.
By the way, for our latest and most accurate coverage of Irma, check out Dan Alexander's guide to what you need to know in case of severe weather. And also, here is a reminder that Dan Zarrow is updating his Facebook page from vacation in Florida, where I am sure he's getting a gauge on how concerned people are in the Sunshine State.
And with that, I say ...
"You're still here? It's over. Go home."
Meteorologist Dan Zarrow is on vacation and returns Monday, Sept. 11. Patrick Lavery produces "New Jersey's First News" and is New Jersey 101.5's morning drive breaking news reporter.
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