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Heavy, but much-needed, rain marches through the state

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Flooding in New London. (iWitness photo) Flooding in New London. (iWitness photo)
Old Lyme officials warned drivers not to drive on flooded streets. (Old Lyme Emergency Management Facebook photo) Old Lyme officials warned drivers not to drive on flooded streets. (Old Lyme Emergency Management Facebook photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Monday, as expected, was a much-needed and welcomed wet day for the state.

Meteorologists Mark Dixon and Scot Haney said the rain could be heavy at times.

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"It's been a wet day across Connecticut with towns in southeastern and coastal section already receiving an inch or more of rain," Dixon said.

"A stalled front will linger as low pressure moves along it southeast of the New England coast," Haney said.

Haney said the rain has been coming down it about a quarter of an inch to half an inch per hour.

An urban and small stream flood advisory was issued for southern Connecticut. The counties involved include southern Fairfield, southern Middlesex and southeastern New Haven.

"With the amount of rain, albeit beneficial, too much too fast can lead to poor drainage flooding," Dixon warned.

People in New London said at one point, water was coming up through manholes near the city's police department.

Dixon said as of noon, New London and Gales Ferry were closing in on 2 inches of rain.

Officials in Old Lyme put out a warning to drivers to avoid heading through 6 inches of water.

"The rain will continue through the afternoon hours, heavy at times," Dixon said. "There could even be some rumbles of thunder."

Haney said some of the remnants from storm Julia have been trying to make their way into the mix.

Both said the rain will be beneficial due to the severe drought conditions that have gripped most of the state.

"There will be towns that receive less and towns that receive more than that range; however, it is a good 'broad brush' forecast," Haney said. "Keep in mind, some towns may see up to 2 inches in narrow corridors, where more downpours persist."

The humidity will also continue.

During the early morning hours, temperatures were already in the mid-70s. The daytime highs will flirt with 80 degrees.

"[The] front will work to clear the state late [Monday] night through [Tuesday] morning," Haney said.

Tuesday morning, however, could still feature some shoreline showers. They'll clear as the morning continues.

"[Monday night], we anticipate some isolated showers," Dixon said. "[Tuesday], there could be some lingering rain in eastern/southeastern Connecticut as a stationary boundary will be slow to depart. But overall, we start drying out."

Overall, though, the day will be warmer with highs in the 80s.

"While a cold front should sweep across the state later in the day, it will be moisture-starved," Haney said. "Therefore, we are leaving showers out of the forecast for now."

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