National Weather Service says flooding is possible Friday into Saturday

"We’re monitoring the potential for heavy rain and possible flooding Friday into Saturday."

WINTHROP, MA-1/04/2018: flooding on Washington Street in Winthrop   (David L Ryan/Globe Staff ) SECTION: METRO TOPIC 05stormphotos
Flooding on Washington Street in Winthrop during Thursday's storm. –David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

The combination of rain and melting snow could lead to flooding in Massachusetts this Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

“We’re monitoring the potential for heavy rain and possible flooding Friday into Saturday,” the service said on Facebook Tuesday afternoon. “Right now, it appears that most of southern New England will receive 2 to 3 inches of rain, with the possibility of up to 4 inches near Cape Cod and the Islands. However, the location of the heaviest rain may change over the next couple of days.”

Boston has a slight chance of rain Thursday afternoon continuing overnight, according to the service’s seven-day forecast. On Friday, the rain is expected to pick up with a high near 56 degrees. Forecasters expect Saturday will also be rainy with a high near 47, but Sunday will be mostly sunny.

“We are thinking there will be at least minor flooding of urban and poor drainage areas Friday into Saturday,” the service said. “It’s still too soon to tell whether rivers and streams will flood, but that is also a possibility. For those of you who live or work in a flood prone area, we recommend paying attention to updated forecasts over the next few days.

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“If your home or business tends to experience flooding in heavy rain, especially the basement, take the time now to check your sump pump and/or move items off the floor.”

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