Flood watch in effect today
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of New York and northeast Pennsylvania, including Bradford County, from this afternoon through Sunday evening.
The watch takes effect at noon today and is expected to end at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The NWS expects rain to move in Saturday morning and continue throughout the day. Pair that with unseasonably high temperatures reaching the 50-degree range, and rain and melting snow are expected to flow into local rivers and streams.
The NWS forecasts rain accumulation Saturday to reach up to half an inch throughout Bradford County, with another quarter of an inch expected Saturday night. Snowmelt will add less than an additional inch of liquid, according to the flood watch.
However, the combined rain and snowmelt totals may be enough to lift ice on rivers and streams, causing ice jams and backing up the flow of water. The result could be minor flooding in some areas, the NWS cautioned.
Rain and snow showers may continue into Sunday morning, but will not amount to much accumulation, according to the NWS. High temperatures Sunday are expected to hover around 40 degrees.
Despite the risk for localized flooding, local rivers and streams weren't expected to reach flood stage as a result of this weekend's precipitation, according to river forecasts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The Susquehanna River was observed Friday afternoon to be at 4.33 feet at Sayre, and forecasts called for the river to reach 8.8 feet, well below the river's 13-foot flood stage there, on Sunday afternoon. The river is also expected to remain well below flood stage at Towanda.
Towanda Creek was observed to be at 6.44 feet at Monroeton Friday afternoon, according to the NOAA. The creek was expected to reach 10.7 feet, well below the 15.5-foot flood stage, early Sunday.
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