The heavy rain -- possibly from severe thunderstorms -- expected later today could dump up to two inches of rain on the Berkshires, forecasters said Sunday night.
A strong cold front associated with the storm that dropped heavy snow in the upper Midwest will move rapidly through region between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., according to meteorologist Luigi Meccariello of the National Weather Service office in Albany, N.Y.
"As the front pushes through, a quick inch of rain is likely," he said. "There's also a slight chance of a thunderstorm, especially south and east of Albany."
Despite the potential for heavy rain, Meccariello says only minor street flooding is likely due to the fast-moving weather system and the lack of rain prior to this weekend.
Nevertheless, police urge motorists to use caution on the wet roads, many made more slippery by fallen leaves. They say driving on wet leaves is similar to icy roads, so reduced speed is advised.
Keeping leaves clear of storm drains will also help prevent safety hazards.
National Weather Service also issued a high wind advisory for Monday, effective 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Once the rain clears out by daybreak on Tuesday, Meccariello said more seasonable temperatures will prevail for midweek as temperatures drop from the mid-70s today to the 60-65 degree range Tuesday and Wednesday.