Drenching Rain Arrives to Ease Drought

Rain will fall in New England this week, easing the 4-8" rainfall deficit across the region.

A cold front dropping through New England on Sunday will not only bring cooler temperatures, but also periods of heavy rain.

The front brought downpours and storms to parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine late Saturday, dropping up to an inch of rain in many towns, with a few locations like Montpelier, VT picking up over 2"!

The heavy rain and embedded thunderstorms will move into Southern New England, including Worcester and Boston, Sunday afternoon and evening. The rain will arrive last on the Cape and Islands.

The front will essentially stall just south of New England on Monday and Tuesday, which means more rounds of rain will move through each day. It won't be raining all day, but when it does, it will pour. Be sure to have the umbrella handy! Brief street flooding is likely in spots.

Between Sunday and Tuesday, a widespread 1-2" is likely for most cities and towns, but localized totals on the order of 3-4" can be expected. Which towns see that much depends on exactly where the heaviest downpours set up.

Since March 1, most of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Southern New Hampshire is running a 4-8" rainfall deficit, so this will help put a dent in the moderate drought gripping the region now.

In Northern New England, where the spring is classified as "abnormally dry", just shy of drought status, this rain will likely get totals back close to average for the spring.

It will also help cut down on the pollen, which has been quite severe in recent weeks. 

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