Roads are flooded by heavy rain in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville

Torrential rain flooded roads and stranded cars at the start of a rainy Sunday in Greater Boston.

Flooding made sections of Storrow Drive in Boston impassable, and stalled cars in Cambridge and Somerville, according to Lenore Correia, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

In Cambridge, which was hardest hit, 1.36 inches of rain fell in just an hour, she said.

The heaviest downpours came between 6:45 and 7:45 a.m. as the storm moved northward, she said.

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On Twitter, State Police said Memorial Drive westbound was closed at Main Street in Cambridge and Storrow Drive eastbound at the Bowker Overpass were closed for more than an hour, from 9:46 to 10:55 a.m., as the Department of Conservation and Recreation had crews clearing the water.

Both directions of Memorial Drive near the Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge were also temporarily closed.

North of the city, the weather service issued a flood warning around Lynn, Peabody, and Salem through noon with over four inches of rain falling in Lynn.

“If you encounter any flooded roads, TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!” the weather service said in a tweet.

Lynn Fire Department was also reporting mutiple flooded roads there.

Route 1 southbound at the Lynnfield Tunnel was also closed due to flooding by late morning, according to State Police. The entire Lynnway in Revere was also closed in both directions.

The Boston area is likely to see more rain throughout the day and into Monday though “not nearly as heavy,” Correia said.

Temperatures Sunday will likely be slightly warmer than the day before with an expected high near 76 degrees in the city, Correia said. Monday is expected to be much the same as Sunday afternoon, with temperatures in the mid-70s and scattered showers.

Tuesday and Wednesday are also likely to have scattered showers. Temperatures are expected to rise during the week, according to forecasters with highs Wednesday to Friday in the mid-80s.

Thursday is likely to be the one dry day of the week, Correia said.

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