MAINE, USA — On a Saturday in mid-December, I'd much rather be talking about snow. But instead, it's flooding rainfall we're dealing with today.
Between 3 to 4 inches of rain has fallen from the Portland area south through York County.
A Flash Flood Warning was issued around 8:30 a.m., lasting through 1:30 p.m. for coastal southern Maine. The rest of the region is under a Flood Watch. In addition to big puddles and ponding of water on the roads, we'll have to keep an eye on smaller rivers and streams.
To make matters worse, the high tide coming up at noon today will cause flooding too. A Coastal Flood Advisory is up for the coast of Cumberland and York counties, plus seacoast New Hampshire. Watch the shore roads for splashover. In Portland, flooding from both the rain and high tide is likely in East Bayside.
The rain is starting to taper in southern Maine and the afternoon will become a lot drier.
The heavy rain will taper to mist, drizzle and showers around 3 p.m. in the Bangor area.
The late afternoon and early evening will be better with temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s.