Flood Watch Issued For Western New York
A major warm-up in temperatures along with rain showers could cause possible flooding across Western New York over the next couple of days.
A major blast of warm air will make its way through Western New York today and tomorrow causing the high temperature to rise nearly 10-15 degrees higher than the average. This blast of warm air will also bring with it some rain showers and that could spell trouble for flood-prone areas in the area.
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a Flood Watch for pretty much all of Western New York. The Flood advisory will be in effect starting tonight at 7 pm and last until Friday night at 7 pm. The advisory is in effect for Niagara, Orleans, Monroe, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Livingston, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany
Over the next 48 to 72 hours we could see excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
The greatest threat for flooding will be in ice jam-prone areas, such as the Buffalo area creeks and near Sunset Bay on Cattaraugus creek. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks.
Flooding may also occur in poor drainage and urban areas.
On top of possible flooding in the area, most of Western New York will also be under a wind advisory today from 4 am until 7 pm. During the day we could see wind speeds around 20-30 miles per hour with gusts until 50 miles per hour. Driving along open areas including parts of the I-90 and the skyway could be difficult so you are advised to use caution while on the roads today.