HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch that calls for heavy precipitation to develop in an "increasingly unstable and moist air mass" as a cold front approaches from the west. And that rain threatens to make this year's Pro Bowl a very wet one.
The watch is for Kauai, Niihau and Oahu.
Showers, heavy showers and perhaps thundershowers could form ahead of the front due to something meteorologists call pre-frontal convergence.
"We could get a band that forms in front of it," said National Weather Service Lead Forecaster Bob Burke. "It could move up from the south, but again it's way too early to pinpoint when and where that could occur."
Computer weather models are predicting the wet weather to dampen Kauai starting Sunday morning then move to Oahu by Sunday afternoon. "It's looking like it's going to be overnight into the morning hours of Monday where we would have the heaviest rain for Oahu," said Burke.
As for Pro Bowl fans, they say heavy rain won't keep them away from the game.
"I'll pull up all my gear, just like when I was in Colorado," said Tim Koepp, wearing a Denver Broncos jersey at Friday night's Eat The Street Pro Bowl street party in Kakaako. "If it snows, we go. So if it rains, put on the gear."
Aloha Stadium said it hasn't made any changes yet to game day procedures because of the forecast. But officials remind fans that umbrellas are not allowed in the stadium.
"I'm definitely gonna go. A hardcore NFL fan always goes, so I'm going. I'm going to be there," said Pro Bowl fan Ben Fontillas.
If thundershowers form, the rain rates could be high enough to cause flash flooding. Keep in mind that the timing and locations of the heavy rains remain somewhat uncertain. We will continue to fine-tune the forecast through the weekend here online and also on-air with Guy Hagi and meteorologist Jennifer Robbins.
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