Flash flood Watch in effect for all of western Massachusetts

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for all of western Massachusetts through tonight.

The 22News Storm Team has issued a Weather Alert with the risk for some heavy downpours.

Tropical moisture from Michael will converge ahead of an area of low pressure and a cold front beginning Thursday morning into Thursday night.

Moderate to heavy rainfall is anticipated with 0.5-1.5 inches of rain across the region, however locally heavier amounts are expected especially with any thunderstorms or heavier downpours. While this isn’t a lot of rainfall, given how much rain we’ve had over the past month, the ground is saturated and less able to absorb more rain.

Additional concern of torrential rainfall along high terrain. Potentially occurring within a 1 to 3 hour window, there is the possibility that flash flooding will occur.

Streams and small rivers are running higher than normal, and the ground remains fairly saturated from a series of heavy rainfall events from late September into early October. Therefore,the region is vulnerable to flash flooding.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation.You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.

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