Heavy rain forecasts continue for Friday as short-lived Hurricane Nicole returns to tropical storm

EARLY ALERT #3: This morning’s maps from the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Prediction Center (WPC) show the projected risk of flash flooding from the fast-moving Tropical Storm Nicole which made landfall today in Florida.

The storm’s life as a hurricane was short-lived overnight after reaching landfall, but still is expected to produce heavy rain for Western and Central New York and Pennsylvania on Friday.

The WPC continues to forecast two to four inches of rain in the region, but projections from the US National Weather Service Buffalo NY are more reserved, saying “(w)idespread one to two inches of rain is expected with local amounts of three inches possible. These rainfall amounts may result in minor flooding in poor drainage areas, but the very dry weather over the past few months may help to mitigate the potential for flooding.”

Rain now is expected to arrive in Allegany County by daybreak tomorrow and become heavy during the day Friday, accelerating during the evening and nighttime hours.

Rain is expected by forecasters to turn to snow showers Saturday night as mid-to-upper 60s temperatures fall, before clearing on Monday.

Continue to Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and monitor for updates.

Local weather forecasts for specific areas are accessible through the Search feature in the upper left corner of most NWS pages, with Hourly Weather Forecasts, which project event timing throughout the day, found on the lower right side of local pages.

Progression of storms can be tracked interactively via a zoomable NWS Doppler radar site at https://bit.ly/3xyTULH.

Further information is available at www.weather.gov/buf for the NWS Buffalo forecast region, www.weather.gov/bgm for Steuben and counties to the east, and www.weather.gov/ctp for adjoining Pennsylvania counties.

Separate snow and ice forecasts for Allegany County and the rest of Western New York are available at https://bit.ly/3CUmLMq, for Steuben County east at https://bit.ly/312qR7E, and Pennsylvania counties to the south at https://bit.ly/3rcTH0o.

Previews of weather components over the next seven days are available at https://bit.ly/3CUmLMq, with Steuben County east at https://bit.ly/312qR7E, and Pennsylvania counties to the south at https://bit.ly/3rcTH0o.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) website is at https://bit.ly/3llhYgb, with the overall Weather Prediction Center at https://bit.ly/3gNeAsQ, which includes information on types of potential weather dangers. The National Hurricane Center is at https://bit.ly/3xLNO9R.
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