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Chance of heavy rain decreases, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms likely

Staff Reports • Jul 5, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Chances of rain during Fourth of July festivities have decreased, but possibilities of scattered showers are still likely throughout the day and night, according to the National Weather Service in Morristown.

Derek Eisentrout, meteorologist with the National Weather Service said this afternoon that precipitation in the area, which was listed Wednesday night to be around 80 percent during the day and 60 percent, has quickly dropped due to rain shadowing off the mountains.

He said this is “where you have a certain low level flow that will act to dry out areas and that’s exactly what happened. The main access of moisture shifted to your west. However, scattered showers and possibly even an isolated thunderstorm, that’s kind of an outside possibility.”

Eisentrout said there is also a chance that scattered thunderstorms could also occur during Independence Day celebrations and fireworks tonight.

According to the NWS website, there is a 50 percent chance of rain today and a 60 percent chance of rain tonight. Highs are expected near 83 degrees and lows near 66 degrees.

Showers and possibly thunderstorms are predicted for Friday, with a chance of rain 60 percent. Friday night the chance of precipitation drops to 50 percent. Highs are expected near 80 degrees during the day and 65 degrees Friday night.

Saturday and Saturday night maintain a 50 percent chance of rain, with highs around 84 degrees and lows around 66 degrees, according to the NWS website.

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