Storms to bring heavy rain and possible flooding to WMass

Flash Flood Watch in effect from Tuesday through Wednesday

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –  The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for all of western Massachusetts from late Tuesday night through Wednesday afternoon. The areas affected are northern and southern Berkshire County, eastern and western Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.

According to the NWS, rain is expected to spread across the region from west to east during Tuesday. The rain will become heavy at times late Tuesday night continuing into Wednesday. Possible thunderstorms are also predicted in the overnight storm.

Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches in one hour are possible in a few locations, which means this will bring the potential for urban and localized flash flooding. Some small stream flooding is also possible.

If there is flooding, make sure to act quickly, and move to higher ground. Get away from places subject to rapid flooding such as dry creek beds or places along streams, and avoid already flooded areas.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to Flash Flooding. Flash Flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

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