By Katina Caraganis

MediaNews

FITCHBURG -- Some parts of North Central Massachusetts will see as much as 3 1/2 inches of rain by the end of today, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Eleanor Vallier-Talbot, of the National Weather Service in Taunton, said a flood watch is in effect until 4 p.m., today, for many parts of Central Massachusetts.

Communities can expect to see between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 inches of rain at the end, with some even experiencing 3 1/2 inches of rain.

"It's a very strong storm that will be passing to our west," she said. "It originated in the Gulf of Mexico, so it's bringing some tropical moisture to the area."

On the back side of the storm, Vallier-Talbot said, the rain will switch over to a mix of rain and snow showers. She said they're anticipating about a half inch of snow.

Her models are also predicting that Thanksgiving will be dry but cold.

"The temperatures will maybe hit freezing -- it's going to be very cold," she said, adding that wind gusts in the morning may hit between 30 and 35 mph.

"The morning will be blustery and cold," Vallier-Talbot said. "The wind-chill values will only be in the teens. It's called bundled-up weather."

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