After the Rain
By Storm Team 10 Meteorologist Kelly Bates with help from the NWS office in Taunton, MA.
Even though the rain has stopped, area rivers keep on rising. A quick look at area hydrographs shows the usual rivers that go into minor flood when we have heavy rain, are in fact, flooding. Flood Warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service as well for these areas.
Flood Warning for The Pawtuxet River At Cranston until this evening or until the warning is cancelled. The river will fall below flood stage this afternoon.
At 9.0 feet Minor lowland flooding will occur along the river as it flows through Warwick and Cranston.
Flood Warning for The Wood River at Hope Valley through late tonight or until the warning is cancelled.
The river will fall below flood stage by tonight.
At 5.0 feet in Richmond, floodwaters begin to pond onto Wood River Drive. In Hopkinton off of Main Street, the Wood River begins to flood Dow Park.
No Flood Warning for the Pawcatuck in Westerly but the water level is high enough for minor flood.
Flood Warning for the Taunton River Near Bridgewater through this evening or until the warning is cancelled.
The river will fall below flood stage late this afternoon.
At 8.0 feet, backwater flooding from the Taunton River will cause flooding of lower Purchade Brook in Middleboro. This will cause Woloski Park to become impassable by most vehicles. Beware of the dangers of crossing flooded roadways.
What is curious is the hydrograph of the Charles River in Medway. It shows a sharp rise in water level in a short amount of time. The slope isn't gradual like the others. This is flooding due to an ice jam! Check it out!
As we head into the afternoon, arctic air will rush in on a brisk northwesterly wind, driving temperatures below freezing very fast. We could see a Flash Freeze as a result.
Cold air is already poised to our west and ready to move on in.
As temperatures drop between noon to 4pm, standing water will freeze and roads and walkways that are untreated will become icy. It will be blustery as well at the onset of the colder air as we could see 40-50 mph gusts. Winds this high keep the chance of spotty power outages on the table and make driving that much more difficult.
Please be careful if you're heading up early to tailgate in Foxborough. Bundle up too since by kickoff temps will be in the lower 20s with windchilld near 10! GO PATS!