Flash flood watches issued in Mass.

A man pushed his car in Quincy during a September flash flood.
A man pushed his car in Quincy during a September flash flood. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

The skies opened up Thursday afternoon and dumped rain on Massachusetts.

The National Weather Service issued several severe thunderstorm warnings, including one for Boston and the South Shore. The warning said winds could top 60 miles in the area while buckets of rain come down and a tornado could even spin up. The warning expired at 5:30 p.m.

Forecasters also warned of strong winds asociated with the passage of a weather front pushing through Eastern Massachusetts, possibly bringing down branches.

Flash flood watches remain in effect across the state through late Thursday night, the forecasters said.

“Rain will push across the region [Thursday] ahead of a cold front,” forecasters said. “The precipitation will fall heavily at times this afternoon through tonight, with the potential for flash flooding to occur. Isolated thunderstorms are also possible.”


The remnants of Tropical Storm Michael are also expected to pass southeast of Nantucket Friday morning, “bringing a continued threat for possible flooding across the immediate south coast along with gusty winds,” forecasters said.

The weather service fielded reports of trees down in Milford, Mendon, and Bellingham.

Flash flood watches were issued for most of the state. Radar showed storms streaming east across the state.

A flood advisory was also issued for parts of Worcester and Middlesex counties Thursday afternoon, forecasters said. A flood advisory is issued for minor flooding of roads or underpasses. The advisory will be in effect until 5:45 p.m.

Up to one inch of rain had already fallen in the Worcester area as of 3:47 p.m.

“An approaching cold front moves through Southern New England late today and tonight. The front will draw upon tropical moisture from Tropical Storm Michael, creating local downpours,” the forecasters said. “Moderate to heavy rainfall anticipated averaging around 1 to 2 inches for the region, however locally heavier amounts are expected especially with any thunderstorm activity. Additional concern of torrential rainfall along high terrain.”


After we get through the rainy night, there will be a chance of showers Friday morning, but then the clouds will gradually give way to some sunshine in the afternoon. It will be less humid, and temperatures should hold steady in the lower 60s, forecasters said.

Friday night will be partly cloudy and cooler, with lows in the mid-40s, and the temperatures over the weekend will feel very fall-like.

Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers, with highs in the lower 50s. Saturday night should be partly cloudy, with lows dipping to the lower 40s. Sunday will be sunny, with highs in the upper 50s, forecasters said.

Danny McDonald of Globe staff contributed to this report. Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.