Flood Watch goes into effect late Thursday evening and will last through late Friday night for Chenango, Otsego, Herkimer, and Hamilton Counties. A flood watch means there is the potential for flooding based on the current forecast outlooks.
A strong storm system working up the East Coast within the next 24-48 hours will bring moderate to heavy rain at times along with temperatures nearing fifty degrees. The combination of the melting snow, moist soil, and heavy rain will potentially cause localized flooding in areas of poor drainage.
Current forecast models have widespread rain starting late Thursday night, with the heaviest expected during the overnight and into Friday. The heaviest rainfall appears to stay just East of the Utica area. Areas that are under the flood watch can see rainfall amounts during this period up wards of 2.00 inches.
Chief Meteorologist Rachael Witter will have updates tonight on Eyewitness News at six and eleven on WUTR along with Eyewitness News First at ten on our sister station WFXV.