It’s been a nasty start to Tuesday, with a soaking rain and gusty winds leading to slow travel. Rainfall amounts already topped an inch in spots at 8am, with the rain racing away in the afternoon.
As the storm races away in the afternoon, gusty northwest winds will develop, and drive in cold and dry air.
Temperatures will start to drop in the afternoon as skies dry out and slowly clear.
Even after the rain moves out, river water levels will continue to rise.
NEW THIS MORNING: a Flood Warning has been issued for the Pawtuxet River which is expected to see minor flooding from this afternoon through tonight.
The current forecast has the river cresting at 9.6ft. Flood Stage is 9ft.
It’s not the only river we’re keeping an eye on. Both the Pawcatuck and Wood Rivers will also be near flood stage following today’s rain.
We’ll get a break from the precipitation tonight through Thursday afternoon, as an area of cold high pressure builds in. Gusty winds on Wednesday will make it fell like mid-winter. Wind chills will be in the 20s through the day.
That cold air is firmly in place early Thursday, with some spots waking up in the ‘teens.
By the time a new coastal storm races northward, temperatures may be cold enough for a wintry mix–wet snow and rain–before changing to a cold rain from south to north.
Whether there’s a small accumulation will depend on the storm track and timing. Highest risk of some accumulations will be well inland.
By Friday morning, we’re expecting it to have changed over to all rain in southern New England. But another round of heavy rain, gusty winds could spell more river flooding and street flooding.