The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Kennebec County and surrounding areas beginning Wednesday evening.

The watch, which goes into effect at 6 p.m. Wednesday and runs through Thursday morning, impacts all of Kennebec County as well as southern sections of Franklin and Somerset counties and interior Waldo County.

A cold front is expected to move in from the northwest kicking off showers and thunderstorms. That front, which is expected to stall overnight, will be accompanied by locally heavy rainfall Wednesday into Thursday, according to the service. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall by the time it’s over.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

The weather service is predicting the heavy rain will taper to showers Thursday morning.

Forecasters say skies will brighten Friday and through the weekend with temperatures reaching the lower 80s.

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