The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for eastern Worcester County in Central Massachusetts in effect until 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
Shortly after 6 p.m., radar indicated an area of showers with embedded heavy downpours tracking northwest across north central massachusetts. Rainfall of up to two inches in two hours is possible with these showers, said NWS.
Ponding of water and poor drainage is expected in the area.
NWS cautions driving in areas where water covers the roadway, as the depth may be too great to allow the car to cross safely.
"This should not be a big deal for Shrewsbury," said Jim Arnold, weather specialist with the Shrewsbury Emergency Management Agency, "as it is not particularly susceptible to small stream and urban flooding. Small streams which might be running a bit high from yesterday could become bank full or overflow a bit and there could be areas of street flooding, particularly if drainage structures are clogged with leaves."
The most likely scenario, he added, is "potentially a lot of water around for awhile, perhaps causing short term traffic problems."