SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — The 22News Storm Team has issued a Weather Alert for the risk of scattered strong to severe thunderstorms and street & stream flooding Thursday night & Friday.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of western Massachusetts from this evening through 4 pm Friday.
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After midnight, steadier and heavier rain will develop. Minor street flooding is possible overnight, especially east of the Connecticut River.
Friday’s 7 am temperatures will be in the 60s. As Tropical Storm Elsa passes south of us Friday morning, heavy rain is likely. Central & eastern Hampden County, & eastern Hampshire County will likely get the heaviest rain in our area and are the most vulnerable to street and stream flooding on Friday morning. The forecast area of heaviest rain seems to be shifting east into Worcester County, but you should give yourself extra time to get to your destination Friday morning. The heaviest rain with this storm will happen 7am-11am Friday. If you encounter a flooded road, don’t drive through the road. Turn around, don’t drown!
Steady rain will taper to scattered showers & thunderstorms by early Friday afternoon. Some flooding may last into the afternoon hours. Drive carefully. We aren’t expecting much wind damage from this storm. There may be some occasional gusts over 20mph. There may be some sun before sunset on Friday! High temperatures will be in the upper 70s to low 80s.
Friday night, just a risk for an isolated shower with lows in the low to mid-60s.
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