CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The 22News Storm Team issued a Weather Alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms which could lead to flooding on Wednesday.

A Flood Watch is in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning for central/eastern Hampden, central/eastern Hampshire, & central/eastern Franklin Counties.

Rain arrives Wednesday morning and could be heavy at times during the morning commute. Watch out for any street and stream flooding. A few thunderstorms are also likely in which some could be strong to severe. The heaviest rain will happen on Wednesday morning. Lingering showers and storms are likely for the early afternoon. High temperatures will be in the low 70s.

Flash flooding is possible and may be locally significant where persistent downpours on Monday developed over the last 24 to 48 hours. One to two inches of rain are in the forecast although localized amounts up to four inches are possible.

Thursday looks to be bright and cool with low humidity. Highs in the low to mid 70s.

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Brian Lapis is a meteorologist who has been a part of the 22News team since 1996. Follow Brian on X @22NewsStormTeam and view his bio to see more of his work.