'Soaking rain': An inch likely in Hudson Valley on Friday

Traffic moves along Interstate 287, as seen from Traffic moves along Interstate 287, as seen from the North Broadway overpass in White Plains, during the morning commute in light rain after a snowfall. (Dec. 27, 2012) Photo Credit: Xavier Mascarenas

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Meteorologists are warning of possible flooding in southern Westchester County as a storm dumps up to an inch of rain on the Hudson Valley region Friday.

"A wet day, a rainy day," News12 meteorologist Joe Rao said. "The heaviest dose of rain will come in the morning and then will peter out or taper off gradually as we move on through the afternoon."

That could add challenges to the morning commute, especially for drivers whose routes take them along Westchester County's flood-prone arteries, like the Saw Mill River and Sprain Brook parkways.

Tim Morrin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rain will bring relief from a recent dry spell.

"It will be a good, soaking rain," he said. "The rainfall ... will be welcome due to the threat of brush fires."

After an unseasonably warm start to the week, with temperatures peaking near 80 degrees on Tuesday, Friday will be considerably cooler. Temperatures will fall short of 50 degrees in the lower Hudson Valley, dipping even lower in Dutchess, Ulster and Orange counties.

The soggy end to the week will give way to a dry and sunny weekend, with highs around 60, Morrin said.

Warm weather is forecast to extend into next week, with sunny skies through Wednesday and temperatures in the 60s. Tuesday is expected to be particularly balmy, with temperatures near 70.

Fordham University monitors on Thursday reported tree pollen levels were high but weed pollen was low in the Hudson Valley.

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