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.
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“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.