Thursday, 4:30 PM
Barry cloaks New England in cold, steady rain
By Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
The remnants of Tropical Storm Barry are sloshing across New England today, smothering the region in a steady, cold rain.
The storm, the second named system of the 2007 hurricane season, dumped 8 inches of rain in Mount Vernon, Ga., as it lumbered up the East Coast. Barry has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is expected to fizzle over New England.
"This is the last gasp" of Barry, said Charlie Foley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton. "It's moving up this way, but right now the focus will be on Western Massachusetts."
The western part of the state could receive 3 to 5 inches of rain this afternoon. Forecasters expect Boston and Eastern Massachusetts to get another quarter- to half-inch of rain on top of the half-inch that fell overnight.
The rain may cause some urban street flooding, but forecasters do not expect a significant impact on rivers and streams.
“We’ve been fairly dry, so we can take a good slug of rainfall,” Foley said.
More rain is expected on Tuesday, with thunderstorms and warmer air pushing temperatures up near 80 degrees. The rest of the week is expected to be dry and cool, with temperatures topping out in the low 70s.