Heavy rain, 'isolated thunderstorms' possible across MA on Tuesday

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That's a fact Lehigh Valley residents will become attuned to as severe weather rolls through the area today.

A flood watch remains in effect through Monday afternoon along the Susquehanna River as the National Weather Service warns melting ice could raise water levels along riverbanks. That area includes the Lehigh Valley, where brief downpours, cloud-to-ground lightning and ponding of water on area roadways happened quickly.

The showers and thunderstorms will likely last into Tuesday morning, ending around noon. "We're expecting about a quarter of an inch of rain".

There will be a brief break today as it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 61 degrees with a northeast wind 5 to 10 miles per hour becoming west in the afternoon.

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Strong, damaging wind gusts are the primary threat, according to forecasters.

An isolated thunderstorm or two is possible as the storm moves west to east, according to the National Weather Service.

More showers are headed to the area on Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures will warm up across MA on Tuesday as a quickly-moving storm system delivers heavy rain and strong winds.

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Why are winter thunderstorms so rare? That front, coupled with warm air advection, or quite simply warmer air blowing directly into the region, puts temperatures well above normal like they've been the past few days. The low at night will be around 31. Those numbers for the Poconos and Lehigh Valley today are quite high.

However, colder temperatures are on the way later in the week.

Wednesday is expected to bring considerable cloudiness after early sunshine.

MONDAY: There will be a 90 percent chance of rain, with a high near 47.

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Sunday's high, amid snow that could be heavy at times, should hit about 28 degrees.

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