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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Wet and mild conditions were on tap for the Tri-State Monday, as well as possible flooding.

The National Weather Service issued areal flood watches throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that were to be in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

This alert means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Total rainfall amounts of around an inch are possible. The National Weather Service said this rainfall combined with the nearly saturated grounds from
the 1 to 2 inches of rainfall that fell on Friday will exacerbate the flood threat.

Winds gusts of up to 50 mph are also possible.

The Department of Buildings says it will perform spot checks of construction sites to make sure cranes, scaffolding and other apparatus are secured.

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A string of storms stretched from Pennsylvania all the way to parts of Tennessee bringing the first wave of rain to the Tri-State area Monday morning. CBS 2 meteorologist John Elliott said thunderstorms may accompany the second round of rainfall Monday evening.

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Temperatures Monday will reach a high of 58, short of the record 67 set back in 1976, but still higher than the normal 44. Tonight they’ll drop to a low of 38, which is still above the normal 31.

“After the front pushes through, it leaves us with sun Tuesday, but the numbers will drop,” Elliott said.

Severe Weather Alert:

Areal Flood Watch in CT – Hartford, Northern Fairfield, Northern Litchfield, Northern New Haven, Southern Fairfield, Southern Litchfield, Southern New Haven

Freezing Rain Advisory in CT – Northern New Haven

Winter Weather Advisory in CT – Hartford, Northern Litchfield, Southern Litchfield

Areal Flood Watch in NJ – Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Westerm Essex, Western Bergen, Western Passaic, Western Union

Areal Flood Watch – Bronx, Eastern Dutchess, Eastern Ulster, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeast Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwest Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Is.), Rockland, Southeast Suffolk, Southern Nassau, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwest Suffolk, Sullivan, Western Dutchess, Western Ulster

Wind Advisory – Northeast Suffolk, Southeast Suffolk

Winter Weather Advisory – Eastern Columbia, Eastern Dutchess, Eastern Ulster, Western Dutchess, Western Ulster

Freezing Rain Advisory – Sullivan

Areal Flood Watch in PA – Pike

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