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Western Mass soaked by more than 3 inches of rain

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Rain gauges filled up quickly in the Springfield area on Wednesday. Flash flooding was reported in many towns across Western Massachusetts, forcing road closures, stranding vehicles and making parking lots impassible.

Rainfall totals exceeded 4 inches in Northampton. Three-and-a-half inches was reported in Greenfield and Westfield, while downtown Springfield reported more than 3 inches as well. A CBS3 Springfield weather spotter in Westhampton reported 5.37 inches of rain, including 3 inches in just a two-hour period.

The heaviest bands of rain moved through the Pioneer Valley just after 1 p.m. Estimated rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour prompted the National Weather Service to issue flash flood warnings throughout the afternoon.

Meanwhile, Long Island set records for the state of New York with double-digit rainfall totals during the Wednesday morning commute.

Check out a slideshow of photos sent in to CBS3 Springfield showcasing Wednesday's steady rain.

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