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Rain will slow, winds will rise and temperatures will drop tonight

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Published on February 25, 2011 in The Boston Globe MetroDesk Blog

-Shared byline with Katherine Landergan

The heavy rain and warm temperatures will taper off tonight, leaving behind some puddles, some ponding on roads and flooded streets. But officials said today they are not yet worrying about widespread flooding from rivers and streams in the state.

“At this point we aren’t seeing or hearing of any significant river flooding,” Scott MacLeod, spokesman for Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, said this afternoon.

He said the main flooding concern is more localized, specifically for basements in areas more prone to flooding. Currently, MEMA has noticed ponding of water, a buildup of water on roadways and some standing water, but none have caused serious problems, he said.

The National Weather Service this afternoon issued a flood advisory to most of Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island and New Hampshire as a result of the long duration rainstorm.

“The focus is on street and poor drainage flooding, and not the rivers and streams,’’ said meteorologist Charlie Foley. “A concern for many people will be water in their basement.’’

The Weather Service is also continuing to warn about dangerously strong winds for Eastern Massachusetts, a concern that was earlier limited to the southeastern corner of the state, Cape Cod and the Islands.

The wind advisory will remain in effect until early Saturday morning and is issued when forecasts show sustained winds between 31 and 39 miles an hour, the Weather Service said. Wind gusts could reach 57 miles an hour, the Weather Service said.

Temperatures will drop overnight into the low 20s for the Boston area and to lower levels in the suburbs, freezing any standing water, the Weather Service said.

Tomorrow, temperatures in Boston will be in the low 30s, but a warming trend – along with more precipitation — is expected for the first part of next week, according to the Weather Service.



Written by jdunccc

February 25, 2011 at 12:00 am

Posted in MetroDesk Blog, The Boston Globe

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