Flood alerts in Upstate NY as record highs mix with heavy rain

by Joy Montgomery February 21, 2018, 6:35
Flood alerts in Upstate NY as record highs mix with heavy rain

Melting snow and heavy rains have prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for parts of northern IL and flood watches for central IL.

The NWS says additional rainfall totals will range from just under an inch over the state's far northwest counties, to 1.5 to 2.5 inches over Central through east central IL.

The rain and warm temperatures will accelerate the snow melt, creating the possibility of flooding, NBC Chicago reported.

A slow moving cold front will be moving throughout the region Tuesday evening and into Wednesday morning.

More widespread and heavy rain will move into Wednesday morning and will impact your morning drive.

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The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for 17 counties, including Macomb, Oakland and Wayne. It's not expected to level below the flood stage until Friday.

Frey also said the forecast calls for record-setting temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s. Rainfall totals are expected between 3 and 6 inches, with some isolated higher amounts possible.

A Flood Watch means conditions are favorable for heavy rain which may lead to flooding of low lying areas. Rivers and streams likely will continue to rise, which might result in additional flooding.

Flash flooding is a major problem associated with severe storms and other weather systems.

Those at the Shelby County Office of Preparedness are also relying on flood plain maps to pinpoint problems, should they arise in low-lying areas more at risk for ponding and standing street water. For those in flood prone areas, be prepared to take action.

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