The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for area of Central New York, including Oneida and Herkimer Counties. The Flood Watch will be in effect from Friday evening to Sunday evening.
A combination of 1 to 2.5 inches of rainfall and an
additional 1 inch of snow melt will lead to significant runoff Saturday afternoon
into Sunday. The runoff may result in minor flooding of some main stem rivers,
along with smaller rivers and streams. Poor drainage flooding is also possible,
especially in urban areas where snow or ice clog storm drains.
A combination of freezing temperatures and steady precipitation resulted in very slippery road conditions across the Mohawk Valley Friday morning. Accidents were reported in Clinton, New York Mills, Westmoreland and along Route 49 and on the NYS Thruway. By noon time Friday, temperatures had risen above the freezing mark and road conditions had improved.
Concerns now shift toward the potential flood conditions. Damage to road and bridge infrastructure from the October floods and has not yet been fully repaired would be an area of interest this weekend.
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.