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Tropical Storm Ophelia remnants will linger across the Lehigh Valley

Temperature map from National Weather Service for 09-24-23
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A map from the National Weather Service shows forecast high temperatures for Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
  • Ophelia is no longer a tropical storm
  • The low pressure system still will affect our weather heading into the work week
  • The poor weather put a damper on Celtic Classic and prompted the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to cancel their final game of the 2023 season

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Tropical Storm Ophelia is acting like an unwanted houseguest who isn’t getting the hint to leave.

No longer a tropical storm, the remnants of Ophelia will bring showers to our region throughout the day Sunday and into Monday.

Showers may become heavier Sunday afternoon into this evening, but not enough to produce flooding concerns, according to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, New Jersey.

Though Ophelia packed a bigger punch along the coast Saturday, rainfall amounts in eastern Pennsylvania were between 1 and 1.5 inches, with shore points getting 2 to 3 inches.

The weakening low pressure system formerly known as Ophelia will continue to affect the Lehigh Valley’s weather at least into Tuesday, according to the forecast.

It already put a damper on one of Bethlehem's biggest festivals, Celtic Classic being held this weekend and continuing Sunday. And the Lehigh Valley IronPigs canceled their final game of the season Sunday, scheduled at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown against the Worcester Red Sox. That brings an end to the 'Pigs 2023 15th anniversary season.

Another half- to three-fourths of an inch of rain is possible Sunday, then again through Sunday night, according to the weather service. Sunday’s high will hit 62 with 15 mph winds and gusts up to 25 mph.

A chance of showers lingers through Monday with a high of 63. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent with new precipitation amounts between a tenth and one-quarter of an inch, forecasters say.

Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers likely before 9 a.m. Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s aren’t in the forecast until the middle or latter part of the week.