The drenching rains that flooded parts of South Berkshire on Sunday afternoon apparently are a prelude to more widespread heavy downpours on Memorial Day, area forecasters said Sunday evening.

The 2-3 inches of precipitation that fell in the Lee-Stockbridge area caused some street flooding and washed out some embankments and gravel driveways, depositing the debris onto roadways, that included Forest Street in Lee.

The deluge lasted nearly two hours, according to Luigi Meccariello, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y.

"It was a slow moving thunderstorm that stalled before moving out," he said.

Meccariello noted the showers and thunderstorms return with a vengeance Monday morning, likely to dampen Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, especially in South Berkshire. He predicted a half an inch or more is possible from the soakings.

Once the rainmaker clears out by Tuesday morning, drier, less humid weather moves in for mid-week with daytime highs around 80 degrees through Thursday.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233