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Flash flood watch in effect as heavy rain moves into tri-state area

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NEW YORK — Remember your umbrellas and break out the rain boots: A flash flood watch is in effect through Tuesday afternoon for much of the tri-state as heavy rain moves into the region, according to the National Weather Service.

Expect between 1 to 2 inches of precipitation in most area but totals can climb to near 4 inches in some parts, PIX11 News meteorologist Linda Church said.

The flash flood watch applies to all five boroughs, Fairfield County in southern Connecticut, and several counties in northeast New Jersey. Downpours that are heavy will cause localized flooding on area roadways where drainage is usually poor.

Heavy rain will continue through the early morning but is expected to become scattered by midday. On top of the heavy rain, one or two of the storms could become severe with gusty winds in excess of 60 mph possible, Church said. Temperatures will top out at around 80 degrees.

The weather service states showers and thunderstorms with a warm frontal passage could produce heavy rain capable of causing mainly urban flash flooding.

However, the agency cautions that a flash flood watch means conditions that may develop that lead to flash flooding. Forecasts should be monitored until the watch is lifted.