Posted by on October 29, 2020 5:55 am

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Remnants of Tropical Storm Zeta could bring more than 2 inches of rain to Schuylkill County on Thursday. You likely awoke to rain and on your way home from work, it’ll probably still be raining.

Zeta made landfall in the US on Wednesday night, bringing 110-mph winds with it.

While we won’t experience severe winds here in Schuylkill County from Zeta, we can expect to get a sizeable dose of rain from the storm.

But if the storm stays on its predicted path on Thursday, we’ll be spared the heaviest rain, expected to stay south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

TS Zeta path thursday

(Image: National Hurricane Center)

TS Zeta to Bring 2+ Inches of Rain to Schuylkill County

According to National Weather Service, Pottsville can expect between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain on Thursday.

Rain is expected to fall through the day and into the nighttime hours. It could be heavy at times.

To get a more pinpoint look at potential rainfall totals, we plugged in some Schuylkill County ZIP Codes for a more regional forecast. Rain is expected to be slightly heavier in central and southern Schuylkill County:

  • Pottsville: 2.06″
  • Pine Grove: 2.02″
  • Shenandoah: 1.54″
  • Tamaqua: 2″
  • Orwigsburg: 1.97″

Wind Forecast

While the storm came on shore with some fierce winds, they’ll have subsided by the time the storm reaches Schuylkill County. Winds are forecast up to 10 mph. Gusts could reach 20 mph on Thursday night.

Flood Risk

According to the NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook, there’s minimal risk of flooding from Thursday’s rain. The duration of the storm combined with the dry weather prior to today’s rain means the ground will have plenty of time to absorb the rain.

Areas that are generally at risk of flood should still be aware of some potential isolated areas of flooding.

Chilly Weather to Follow Zeta

Trailing behind Zeta is some chilly weather to wrap up the week.

Temperatures on Thursday likely will struggle to hit 50 degrees in much of Schuylkill County. A high of 45 is expected in Pottsville on Friday and just 47 on Saturday.

After a brief warmup on Sunday, high temps return to the 40s on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Overnight temps each day, including Sunday, will dip below freezing in many areas of Schuylkill County.

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