The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the state, effective through Friday. Rains are likely to make for a messy evening commute Thursday. Weather Service meteorologist Joe Dellicarpini said the wet weather should end later Thursday night.
“The heaviest rain actually goes right into early this evening, and then it’s going to shut off pretty quickly,” said Dellicarpini. “So we’re in the worst of right now through about eight o’clock, across Rhode Island. And most areas, by the time the rain is done will be picking up an inch to an inch and a half of rain on average.”
Dellicarpini said that could make for flooded roadways in some parts of the state.
“I would say in any of the urban areas in and around Providence, particularly out toward Cranston, that area,” said Dellicarpini. “In other words roads that you typically see that flood when it rains pretty hard, those are going to be the ones where you’re going to have problems. Under passes typically have issues too.”
Local rivers and streams could also experience mild flooding said Dellicarpini.
“Some of the rivers we are watching for flooding including the Pawtuxet River through Cranston,” said Dellicarpini. “That is expected to see some minor flooding later tonight. And also on the Pawcatuck River down in South County, some minor flooding is expected on that as well.”
The weather is predicted to warm up and dry out early next week.