Flood Watch issued for Allegany County, Western New York, and Northwestern Pennsylvania

UPDATE – 2:10PM Tuesday: The National Weather Service at Binghamton has expanded the FLOOD WATCH to its reporting area, from Steuben County east, for tomorrow morning through Thursday evening.

It is forecasting precipitation amounts of two-to-three inches through Thursday night, “with much of this precipitation expected to fall as rain.”

The map showing the Flood Watch area, provided earlier with this story, has been replaced to reflect the current forecast.

BREAKING: A FLOOD WATCH has been issued for Allegany County and Western New York for late tonight through Thursday afternoon, with a similar alert already in effect for Northwestern Pennsylvania counties through Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo reports that river basin rainfall amounts will average 1.5-to-2.5 inches before precipitation changes over to snow Wednesday night, causing most creeks and rivers to rise to near bankfull conditions.

There is “a risk for flooding at locations where rainfall amounts are near the higher end of that range,” the NWS notes, adding that “those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop” or a Warning is issued.

In Pennsylvania counties, including neighboring Potter and McKean, the NWS at State College reports potential for additional rainfall between two-and-three inches through Wednesday, with higher amounts up to four inches being possible.

Residents in potential flood areas should be alert to potential Flood Warnings, which means that flooding is happening or will happen soon.

Drivers should heed the warning of Turn Around Don’t Drown, particularly at night when flood conditions are even less apparent.

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