COLD FRONT BRINGS HEAVY RAIN TO VALLEY

by Christian Mower on November 30, 2011

A METEOROLOGIST WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GRAY MAINE SAYS A COLD FRONT THAT MOVED THROUGH THE VALLEY AREA WEDNESDAY MORNING DUMPED HEAVY RAIN.

TOM HAWLEY SAYS THE FRONT HAD TROPICAL WARM AIR IN FRONT OF IT THAT RESULTED IN NEARLY THREE INCHES OF RAIN FALLING AT THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT WASHINGTON, 2.64 INCHES IN PINKHAM NOTCH, 1.82 INCHES IN NORTH CONWAY AND 1.65 INCHES IN TAMWORTH.

A FLOOD WARNING FOR THE SACO RIVER IN CONWAY REMAINED IN EFFECT EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ALTHOUGH HAWLEY SAYS HE EXPECTED THE RIVER TO CREST LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING AND THEN RECEDE IN THE AFTERNOON.

FLOOD STAGE FOR THE RIVER IS 9 FEET – THE RIVER WAS REPORTED JUST UNDER THAT MARK WEDNESDAY AT 9:45 A.M. – AND IT COULD GO AS HIGH AS 9 AND A HALF FEET.

ROADWAYS AND PARKING LOTS IN THE CONWAY AREA WERE PONDING WEDNESDAY MORNING AFTER THE HEAVY RAIN, BUT NO SERIOUS INCIDENTS WERE REPORTED AS A RESULT.

HAWLEY WARNS DRIVERS NOT TO DRIVE THROUGH LARGE PUDDLES OF WATER WHERE THE ROAD CAN’T BE SEEN.