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Passaic River Cresting Poses Flood Threat Amid Cold Spring Day in North Jersey Region


By: Richard L. Smith 

Residents in Newark and the broader North Jersey area are starting their day with temperatures teetering just above the freezing mark in Newark and dipping below in parts of Sussex County.AdWith recent rainfall, attention is sharply focused on the Passaic River in Paterson. It is expected to crest around 2:30 p.m. today, threatening floods in Paterson and Little Falls.

Residents express growing frustration and anxiety over the repetitive flooding, particularly after experiencing significant flooding at the start of the year.

Early this morning, at 39 degrees with a few earlier spotty showers and a biting breeze, it felt even colder, adding to the discomfort.

Today's forecast suggests hit-or-miss rain but not a steady downpour.

However, residents should keep their winter coats handy throughout the day. The National Weather Service's prediction for a warmer start next week, with temperatures climbing into the 60s by Monday, offers a slight silver lining.AdFor today, expect a slight chance of showers with partly sunny skies and breezy conditions, highs near 50, and a 20% chance of precipitation. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with lows around 39 degrees.

Bundle up and stay prepared for the river's crest and potential flooding.