Flood watch issued for Bristol County

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Bristol County as heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to move through the area today and Wednesday.

The weather service issued the flash flood watch for Bristol, Kent, Providence and Washington Counties beginning at 8 p.m. Monday and running through Wednesday afternoon. Localized road flooding and some stream flooding is expected as up to 4 inches of rain is dropped on the region today and Wednesday.

Forecasts call for a strong cold front to move into the area today, bringing with it several waves of strong showers and thunderstorms. As much as 2-4 inches of rain is expected to fall. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid- to high 70s, but cooler on the coast.

Bristol is particularly prone to street flooding during heavy rains and the Bristol Police Department on its Facebook page is urging drivers to be cautious and to refrain from attempting to drive through flooded roads. Flash floods can come on quickly, disabling vehicles that rescue crews will have difficulty reaching until waters recede. To prevent traffic tie-ups or more dangerous situations, Bristol Police asked drivers to heed all road closures, road blocks and traffic directions that key become necessary.

The cold front should clear out of the area early Thursday, leaving clear, sunny skies and temperatures in the 80s Thursday through the weekend.

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