Record-breaking rains predicted for State College area

State College and surrounding areas may experience record-breaking rains Saturday.

The National Weather Service, which predicted 2.7 inches of rain for the area Saturday, posted a flood watch for 2 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday. The record for rain on June 27 in State College was set in 1970 at 2.04 inches.

“For most people it’ll be a very soggy weekend,” NWS meteorologist Craig Evanego said. “There will be standing water in places like fields, low-lying areas and areas of poor drainage. We don’t have any big rivers around here, but we expect some around the state will go up at least a few feet.”

Evanego attributed the forecast of heavy rains to an area of low pressure traveling up the Ohio Valley and across Pennsylvania.

“We’ve expected it to develop (Friday night) and become a heavy, sustained rainfall Saturday, and Saturday night and into Sunday morning it will level off,” he said.

State College also could experience a record low maximum daytime temperature, which was set June 27, 1893, at 63 degrees.

Evanego said the high temperature Saturday could be 63 degrees or slightly lower.