Metro

Heavy rain expected in Boston area through Monday

A blast of rain is expected to hit the Boston area late this afternoon and continue through Sunday into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will remain in the low 50s today, cooling down to the upper 30s at night.

Throughout the weekend, temperatures will remain above the freezing point, and a cold damp rain will amount to an expected 1 to 2 inches overall in the southern New England area, according to Kim Buttrick , a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“There will be piling of water over the roadways and potholes,” said Buttrick.

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West of Boston, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for tonight and Sunday, she said.

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Sunday’s high temperatures will range between the low to mid 40s.

The winter snowfall, measured since July 1st 2013, has been 58.6 inches in the Boston area to date, according to Buttrick, who said the average snowfall for the winters in Boston is 41.5 inches.

Laura Gómez can be reached at laura.gomez@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @Laura_GomezRod