Metro-East News

Up to 4 inches of rain possible through holiday weekend

It’s likely to be a wet Independence Day weekend.

Showers are likely to start Thursday and could stick around until this time next week, according to the National Weather Service. Between 2.5 to 4 inches of rain are expected by the end of the day Monday.

There is a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day Thursday, when the high will be 85. There is a marginal chance that storms could become severe with the possibility of hail and damaging winds.

The chance of rain will increase to 50 percent Thursday night,when the low will drop to 68.

The best chance for some dry time over the next few days comes Friday, when skies are expected to be mostly sunny and the high will be 83.

There is a 20 percent chance of showers Friday night, when the low will be 62.

On Saturday, the high will reach only 74 with an 80 percent of showers and thunderstorms.

The chance of wet weather remains at 80 percent Saturday night, when the low will be 63.

There is an 80 percent chance of storms and showers Sunday, when the high will be 82.

A 75 percent chance of thunderstorms is in the forecast for Sunday night, when the low will be 70.

The chance of rain is 50 percent for the Fourth of July on Monday. The high will be 85.

Fortunately, the chance of rain decreases to 30 percent Monday night, potentially clearing out in time for area fireworks displays.

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