|Nor'easter Bringing Drenching Rain to Region|
|07:08PM / Sunday, October 24, 2021|
The last couple weeks of largely pleasant weather is about to get washed out.
But instead of snow, Accuweather reports
that a "rare" fall Nor'easter will bring heavy rain throughout the region this week.
"An early season tempest could bring a wind-driven, chilly rain to portions of the Northeast from Monday through Wednesday," AccuWeather meteorologist Randy Adkins said, adding that flooding could be a significant concern across southern New England.
With a late start to the fall foliage season underway across southern New England, many trees still have plenty of leaves on them, making the possibility for downed trees due to strong winds a possibility, too, according to Accuweather.
The Berkshires could get up to 8 inches of rain over the next few days. Parts of eastern New York and Southern Vermont are in line for up to 4 inches. Peak wind gusts through the Berkshire range could reach up to 80 mph.
Temperatures will also take a dip from the 10 to 15 degrees above average the region's had through most of October. One day last week, it was 80 degrees on Main Street in North Adams. For the rest of the week, temperatures will be mainly in the 40s and 50s but warm enough so there isn't any frost expected.
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., says rain will begin overnight Sunday and continue off and on Monday before resuming that night and through Wednesday.
NWS said the warm front moving in the region should stall just south of I-90.
"The thermal gradient across the boundary is impressive and the weather to the north and south of it will be quite different. We are expecting to experience a 20-degree different in temperatures across the local area Monday with highs in the mid-60s in the mid-Hudson Valley with mid/upper 40s across the southern Adirondacks and Southern Vermont," according to the NWS forecast.
Things will start to dry out by the end of the week but another storm system is on track to hit the area on the weekend, just in time to make Halloween a dark and stormy night.
"The same massive storm that is currently bringing heavy rain, snow and strong winds to the Western states is expected to slowly move eastward across the country this week," AccuWeather Senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said.
At least it's not snow.
Expect a widespread, drenching rain. 2-4+ of rain is expected by Wednesday AM! pic.twitter.com/sbVSVM4hQV
— NWS Albany (@NWSAlbany) October 24, 2021