Heavy rainfall could cause flooding in MA on Thursday, Friday

Posted April 07, 2017

A flood watch goes into effect Thursday morning and lasts through Friday afternoon. The river flooding could continue through the weekend, forecasters said when they announced the Flood Watch.

Tonight: Rain, heavy at times, few thunderstorms, patchy fog. Many rivers and streams are already swollen from recent wet weather. That would put river levels at action stage in that area, with flood stage marked at 22 feet.

Due to the rain we had Monday night and Tuesday and additional significant rains we are expecting for Thursday and Friday the NWS will continue the Flood Watch for all of central NY into the start of the weekend. This may result in urban and poor drainage street flooding along with a significant impact to the evening rush hour.

Residents are advised to monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. In the first 82 days of the year, there were less than 2 inches. The normal is 9.62 inches. Mostly cloudy. Highs: Mid-50s.

He said dry, warmer weather is expected throughout early next week.

Colder temperatures also are expected Wednesday and Thursday and snow showers are possible, although only minor snow accumulations are expected. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.

Meteorologist Eric Schwibs, of the weather service's Gray, Maine, office, said a 2-inch rainfall combined with snowmelt in the mountains would create big problems because the ground is saturated from melting snow thanks to warming temperatures.

Heavy rainfall is expected before 8 p.m. Thursday followed by a chance of showers. Low around 42. Southwest wind around 11 miles per hour. There's a chance some towns could approach 80 degrees! Winds NW 5-15 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.

More rain is in the forecast throughout the day today.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 65. Severe weather may be possible with the Sunday system. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.