Christmas Day will be a turbulent one weather-wise with high wind gusts and heavy rain forecast on Friday. The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning from midnight Thursday to 4 p.m. Friday with winds of 20-30 mph and gusts up to 65 mph. In addition a Flood Watch has been issued from late Thursday through Friday afternoon with the possibility of 2 to 3 inches of rainfall. [HIGH WIND WARNING] A High Wind Warning has been issued from midnight Thursday night through 12 PM Friday across RI, E. MA and N. CT. Numerous power outages are expected as winds may gust to 70 mph Christmas morning.
Steady rains on Thursday and Friday combined with recent rain and snow could lead to street flooding and minor flooding of area rivers and streams.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch from Thursday at 8 a.m. to Friday at 8 p.m.
The area could get as much as 1.5 inches of rain over the two days, adding to rivers and streams already swollen by recent storms.
Rains could also lead to local street flooding and flooding in areas of poor drainage.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for an area including Watertown.
Heavy rains could begin around 1 or 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, and are expected to continue through the day and into Wednesday night. The forecast calls for between 1.75 and 3.25 inches of rain to fall in the area. Isolated thunderstorms are possible, too. Areas with poor drainage and low lying areas are at greatest risk of flooding.
Look for a long rain storm to hit Watertown on Wednesday, with heavy rains in the evening. The National Weather Service has issues a Flood Watch for the Watertown area and most of Eastern Massachusetts on Wednesday. Rain will start in the afternoon, and get heavy between 5 and 8 p.m. The area could get 1.5 to 2.5 inches and some places it could be as much as 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Precipitation will continue into Thursday morning.