Weather Alert: Rain & wind Tuesday night into Wednesday

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team has issued a Weather Alert for rain and wind Tuesday.

A Flood Watch is in effect for central/eastern Hampden, central/eastern Hampshire and central/eastern Franklin counties through Wednesday evening.

Good news! The Flood Watch for the western hills of Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin County has been canceled. The Flood Watch for the rest of the Pioneer Valley continues through Wednesday evening. Thus far, there has been no significant flooding. Overnight, the rain continues and winds will gust up to 35-40 mph. Peak gusts will happen 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday. The wind will be strong enough to cause some scattered tree damage and power outages. Charge up your devices! Lows will drop to the mid to upper 40s.

Wednesday will still be windy, but much drier. Showers will taper off by noon. It will be mostly cloudy all day. Wind gusts over 30mph Wednesday morning will diminish to gusts over 20mph in the afternoon. High temperatures will reach the mid to upper 50s.

The wind will start to subside Wednesday evening. Eventually we’ll become mostly clear, allowing for a cooldown to the upper 30s and low 40s. Tune into 22News at 4:30am for the latest update on our first nor’easter of the season.

A Nor’easter really just means it moves off of the coast and winds from it come out of the north east.

“When they move off the coast over the gulf stream where it’s still very warm this time of year, it takes a lot of time for those waters to cool down after the summertime. And as storms move over those warm waters, they can rapidly intensify and that’s what we are seeing tonight and into tomorrow,” said Rob Megina from the National Weather Service in Boston.

By the time the rain ends, many areas will have picked up between 1-3″ of rain with isolated amounts up to 4″ possible.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Rain & Wind.

Lows: 46-52
Winds: N/NE 15-25MPH gusts up to 40 MPH

WEDNESDAY: AM Showers. Mostly Cloudy & Windy.

Highs: 54-58
Winds: N 15-25 MPH, gusts up to 40 MPH

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clearing

Lows: 38-44

THURSDAY: Mostly Sunny & Breezy.

Highs: 56-60

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