Heavy rains that could bring flooding are expected to move into the area just as many people hits the roads to travel for the holidays.

The first day of winter will feel like more early spring, with high temperatures around 60 with strong winds from south that will continue to bring in plenty of moisture to fuel potentially torrential rain.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch from 1 a.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for the Hudson Valley, Capitol Region, and many areas of the Northeast.

Anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain is expected, with higher amounts in some areas.

Rain should become lighter by Friday afternoon, before exiting the area. The mild weather won't last long however, as temperatures are expected to dip into the 30s by Saturday afternoon.

Temperatures for Christmas will be more normal for this time of year, with highs in 30s.