By Geoff Bansen

*A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 2:00AM Saturday morning*

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — We’re halfway through, it’s May 16th; more importantly, it’s Friday!

Rejoice rain lovers, applaud allergy sufferers; this one’s for you. An afternoon soaker could cause flooding throughout the area. A slow moving cold front to the west is to blame. In addition to the rain, it will also be cooler and breezy. Temperatures that were originally in the low 70s early this morning will dip a little before daybreak, and once the rain begins will struggle to return to the 70 degree mark.

The heaviest rain will fall between 11am and 4pm, starting and ending from east to west. All locations should get the heaviest rain for a few hours. 1-2” is generally expected, with locally higher amounts of 3” or more.

The weekend is looking stellar in comparison. The rain clears by Friday evening, and a more stable and cool air mass builds in. Abundant sunshine expected for Saturday, and it will feel comfortable with a high in the low 70s. Sunday will be very similar, but there is a slight chance of a wraparound shower from the upper level disturbance associated with today’s cold front. The dry, comfortable weather extends on into the beginning of next week.

Today in Weather History:

1874 – The Mill Creek disaster occurred west of Northampton, MA. Dam slippage resulted in a flash flood which claimed 143 lives, and caused a million dollars property damage. (Pretty darn expensive at that time!)

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-Geoff Bansen, WX Producer

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