Moderate drought still in effect as drenching rains and possible flooding exist today and next week

Drenching rains, with possible localized flooding, are forecast for today, with the potential increasing on Monday and Tuesday for Allegany and neighboring New York counties, as current Moderate Flood conditions continue in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo has issued the chart of rain potentials for the next week, while the U.S. Drought Monitor shows nearly all of Allegany County needing the precipitation.

The rain chart shows a 50 percent chance of rain this morning at Wellsville, increasing to 70 percent by evening, and reaching 90 percent Monday and Tuesday. Thunderstorms also may accompany the storms.

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and monitor for possible flooding. Turn Around Don’t Drown and head inside and away from windows at the first signs of lightening, which precedes thunderstorms.

The NWS warns that “just six inches of fast-moving flood water can sweep a person off his or her feet,” with most flood-related deaths occurring at night when it is difficult to judge water depths.

It also notes that urban and small stream flash floods often occur in less than one hour.

Greater weather details for neighboring counties and beyond, including links to Doppler radar, are available on our exclusive Weather Resources page of forecasts and other information from National Weather Services offices at Buffalo, for Allegany County west, Binghamton for Steuben County east, and State College, Pa., for Potter and McKean counties in Pennsylvania, along with regional and national data, at https://bit.ly/3yYyVUt or https://bit.ly/3YAlcPI.

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