We came out of the Halfway Cafe on Washington Street in Dedham around 3:05 p.m. to the sound of thunder - even though it was still sunny overhead. But when we looked north, into Boston, we saw the city covered by an ominous cloud.
Lulu522 forwards a copy of the photo she took from her 36th floor perch in downtown Boston as one of those storms rolled into Boston on Saturday.
Violent thunderstorms moved across the Boston region this afternoon and evening, soaking some, giving others vivid lightning displays and rainbows, forcing the delay of a New England Revolution match at Gillette and turning the Natick commuter-rail station into the sort of raging water-filled arroyo you normally only expect to see after freak storms in a western desert: Read more.
Tim Walsh captured some of the lightning over Boston Harbor during the afternoon storm.
Millennium Park in West Roxbury around 7 p.m.
Maureen Hoch saw something similar at sunset in Watertown: Read more.
Stefani Vieira snapped this photo around 1:20 p.m.
JB Parrett watched the evening storm roll in over the Back Bay.
Sarah Connors captured this kid dancing in the rain in Downtown Crossing this afternoon. Read more.
The National Weather Service has a flash-flood watch in effect until 8 p.m.
You know, the usual. The latest NWS forecaster's discussion for the Boston area says we should get some snow on Saturday, maybe followed by freezing rain on Sunday (or maybe just more snow), followed by bitter cold, followed, possibly, by ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM Tuesday night, although it's possible that storm might just blow out to sea first. So, yes, the French Toast Alert stays at Yellow/Elevated.
Yesterday, Deirdre showed us the electronic signboard on the southbound side of Morrissey Boulevard. As you can see above, the signage on the northbound side of the road is a bit different, even if part of the same general theme.
So beware of Morrissey Boulevard between now and the 26th.
The view across Dorchester Bay towards Squantum around 2:20 p.m.
JB Parrett went for a stroll in Lechmere Canal Park yesterday.
Peter Morgan reports a Somerville police officer and a bystander teamed up to rescue a man trapped by rising flood waters in the Medford Street underpass in Union Square tonight.
At the time they helped him out of the car, water was up to his chest, with him sitting in driver's seat.
Not long after, Alexandra Sear photographed the man's car:
Even as the rain supposedly nears the end of its increasingly annoying reign, the waters just keep piling up. From T stations to Rutherford Avenue in Charlestown and Circuit Drive in Franklin Park, which police shut due to flooding to Roslindale Square, which lost power, Bostonians have had enough, enough to slap anybody who might chirpily say "at least it's not snow!" Yeah, that guy.
In Somerville, one motorist had to be rescued from flood waters in Union Square.
Reports of flooding are beginning to pour in. The intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue became a liquid mess. State Police are busy diverting cars on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, due to flooding southbound by Lambert's and northbound at Tolman by the credit union.
UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Police blocked off the underpass on Huntington Avenue at Mass. Ave. due to two feet of water. Roads in Franklin Park are also reported flooded.