Heavy rain throughout New Hampshire is expected to get the week off to a soggy start Monday, increasing the risk of spring flooding.
James Brown, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine, said as much as an inch of rain was expected before it would taper off Monday evening.
The rain will come from a lingering cold front, which was expected to bring gusting winds Tuesday and a possibility for showers through Easter weekend, which would not be as heavy as the rain in today’sMonday’s forecast, Brown said.
“We had some rises from the snowmelt the other day, but that wasn’t expected to cause any flooding and did not,” Brown said. “We have a brand new problem because now the rivers are a little bit higher and we’re going to get half an inch to an inch of rain (Monday).”
Brown said any flooding should be “minor” and go away soon after Monday’s rain.
The good news, Brown said, is there was no sign of snow.
“It’s going to be showery and rainy probably for days on end but even so, (it’s) not going to be heavy and it will give the rivers a chance to recede,” Brown said.
Scattered showers are likely to continue through the middle of the week and into the weekend, with high temperatures in the 50s and 60s, Brown said.
Brown said the Easter forecast for New Hampshire appears to be relatively dry with a chance of showers and temperatures in the low 60s, although that could change as the week progresses.