After the winter we've had so far, the warmer weather to start the week has been a welcome respite, but could cause flooding problems when rain passes through the area on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood watch for North Reading and much of Eastern and Central Massachusetts, in effect from Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday morning.
Up to an inch of rainfall is expected on Tuesday, which combined with melting snow from the storm at the end of last week could cause some small streams to experience minor flooding, the NWS said.
"Poor drainage street flooding is likely Tuesday afternoon and evening, especially where snow is blocking catch basins," the NWS said in the food watch statement. "This could have an impact on the Tuesday evening rush hour."
North Reading's forecast for Tuesday is for showers mainly after 2 p.m. and lasting into the night, with a high temperature near 54 during the day and a low around 37 at night.