Weather Update: Heavy Showers Expected Erev Sukkos, Tapering as Yom Tov Begins

By Hamodia Staff

(Alexander Grebenkov)

Rain has been coming down intermittently in the days preceding Sukkos, and although the National Weather Service reported that showers are expected on Friday night, the first night of Sukkos, Yaker Beigeleisen, who reports the weather for local Jewish media, told Hamodia that the reports must be qualified and moderated to specific times and locations.

“On Friday, Erev Sukkos, rain is expected to pick up in intensity with strong winds and may drop between four and six inches in some areas,” Mr. Beigeleisen told Hamodia. “This heavy downpour is expected to continue through the evening, making travel difficult. Those going away for Yom Tov should take this into account, especially if travelling through coastal areas which may see some flooding in localized areas.

“The rain should taper off towards evening and wind down to a drizzle in the coastal areas of New York and New Jersey, when the rain will come down bands covering different areas, which is difficult to predict. People living in these zones should pay attention to the gaps in the rain and plan accordingly by preparing to hurry out to the Sukkah when there is a window to fulfill the mitzvah. Further inland, in Monsey, Monroe and the Catskills, the rain may stop completely.”

Rain is expected off and on throughout the night and the next morning but should give way to some sunshine in the afternoon. For the rest of Sukkos, Mr. Beigeleisen reports that we can expect summerlike weather.

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