Today’s the day that RI and southeastern MA will have the highest risk of showers and thunderstorms due to a slow-moving cold front. It’s a front that’s been sparking nasty storms across New England since Sunday evening and today it will FINALLY move through southeastern New England and then eventually off-shore. We’ve been able to dodge most of the storms over the last few days, but today I think our luck runs out. Since the front is approaching RI and southeastern MA (and eventually moving over us), we have a high chance of seeing rounds of showers and thunderstorms through the day. In fact, we’ve already been dealing with downpours for the morning commute.
The main concern today continues to be the potential for FLASH FLOODING. The Flash Flood watch is in effect until 2pm. Tropical downpours will be off and on through the day with rainfall rates of up to 1-2″ per hour possible. That sort of deluge can cause typically prone spots to quickly flood, making travel difficult. The threat of severe storms is a bit lower than the last few days, but we could certainly see some embedded stronger thunderstorms with frequent lightning and isolated damaging wind gusts.