Wet weather ahead for Massachusetts

  • From left, Joel Feldman and Pamela Schwarts walk down Main Street, Northampton, on Sunday afternoon in the rain. GAZETTE STAFF/CAROL LOLLIS

Published: 10/29/2017 5:41:21 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Western Massachusetts should expect heavy rainfall and potential flooding from Sunday evening through Monday, with the heaviest rain beginning Sunday evening, according to a National Weather Service alert.

A Flash Flood Watch has been put into effect for western Massachusetts, with the National Weather Service identifying urban and street flooding as threats for area, in addition to a risk of small-stream flooding.

Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are forecast a widespread 1 to 2 inches of rain, but locally higher amounts of 3 to 4 inches could occur in western Massachusetts, where the heaviest rainfall is expected.

Greenfield is forecast to receive 1.85 inches of rain, Amherst is forecast to receive 1.71 inches and Springfield is forecast to receive 1.67 inches.

A high wind warning is also in place for the area, although coastal areas of Massachusetts are under the greatest threat of high winds. Western Massachusetts could experience wind gusts of over 30 mph.

The National Weather Service cautions that tree damage and power outages, as well as isolated structural damage, are possible.

The storm is expected to last into Monday, but there is some uncertainty on “the exact interaction with developing coastal storm over the Mid Atlantic today and Tropical Storm Philippe,” according to the advisory.


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