The NBC 10 First Alert Weather Team has issued a First Alert for possible flooding Saturday evening. It will expire at midnight.
The rain started in the afternoon in many neighborhoods and will become heavier through the night. One to 3 inches of rain is possible through midnight. Since the ground is still hard from the recent freeze and storm drains are clogged with leaves, downpours will likely cause areas of flooding in poor drainage spots.
The heaviest downpours will drench us between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Wind gusts were also a danger, as Atlantic City Airport reported wind gust up to 64 mph. Cape May reported gusts close to 58 mph and Harvey Cedars in Ocean County reported wind gusts of 61 mph.
Thankfully, the unpleasant weather will exit after midnight and the sunshine will return Sunday.
The inclement weather forced various organizations to postpone planned holiday events around Philadelphia, including the Manayunk Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Canal View Park. It will now take place Thursday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.
Also, the 12th Annual Grand Illumination, during which the American Heritage Union lights its 40-foot Christmas tree and illuminates its campus with over 35,000 lights, will now take place Sunday at 6 p.m. at 2068 Red Lion Rd. in Philadelphia.
The Main Street Vineland Christmas Parade, originally scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday on Landis Avenue in downtown Vineland, NJ, has been rescheduled to the same time Sunday.