Flash flood watch issued for Pioneer Valley

  • Droplets of rain on a store window in Northampton.  Gazette file photo

Staff Writer
Thursday, June 28, 2018

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY – A flash flood watch has been issued for Hampshire County and the Pioneer Valley by the National Weather Service.

“A weather system moving east from New York will tap very humid air as it moves across Southern New England today. This will create numerous showers and scattered thunderstorms, some of which may produce heavy downpours with increased risk for flash flooding,” National Weather Service said in the alert.

Overnight, areas of the Connecticut River Valley received 1.5 to 1.75 inches of rain, and some areas should expect to receive three inches of rain by the day’s end, according to National Weather Service spokesperson Bill Simpson. Low-lying areas, urban centers, intersections and overpasses are most at risk of flash flooding, and vehicles are advised to “turn around, don’t drown” when encountering a flooded area. 

“This is not a widespread rain, this is heavy rain showers,” Simpson said. “You can have it rain very hard and the next town over can not get anything.”

After a break in the rain in the mid morning, a cold front will move in bringing with it the potential for heavier downpours in the afternoon, Simpson said.  

The flash flood watch will be in effect starting at 8 a.m. and go through Thursday evening.

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Thursday’s ValleyBike Share launch has been moved to the indoor track facility at Smith College, 106 Lower College Lane, Northampton, due to the rain, according to Mayor David Narkewicz.