A Flood Watch has been issued for Berks County beginning Thursday evening at 6pm, Christmas Eve, into Christmas Day at 12pm. Heavy rain will move into the region Thursday night, with between 1 and 2 inches of rain over the region and as much as 2 to 3 inches of rain possible.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will plunge into the 20s and 30s on Friday. Any residual standing water may freeze leading to hazardous travel.

The heaviest rain will fall over snowpack with as much as an inch of liquid equivalent rainfall, leading to rapid melting of the snow.

Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become unstable and unsafe.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Wind Advisory

A Wind Advisory is in effect for berks County from 6pm Thursday to 7am Friday, Christmas Day. South winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected.

Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.

Secure any outdoor holiday decorations before the strong winds arrive.

Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.

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