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  • Flood Watch for Ontario County, New York
  • Flood Watch issued February 21 at 12:03PM EST until February 22 at 2:00AM EST by NWS
  • Effective: Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:03 p.m.
  • Expires: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2 a.m.
  • ...SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING TODAY...
    .RAIN FROM LAST NIGHT COMBINED WITH MELTING SNOW WILL BRING AN
    INCREASED RISK FOR FLOODING TO THE AREA TODAY. LONGER DURATION
    RIVER FLOODING WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE INTO THIS WEEKEND.
    THE SNOW PACK CURRENTLY ON THE GROUND CONTAINS A LARGE QUANTITY
    OF STORED WATER...GENERALLY 1 TO 4 INCHES ACROSS WESTERN NEW
    YORK. EVEN LARGER AMOUNTS OF WATER CONTENT IS LOCKED IN ACROSS
    PORTIONS OF NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK WITH UP TO 10 INCHES OF LIQUID
    WATER WITHIN THE SNOW PACK ON THE TUG HILL.
    SIGNIFICANT RUNOFF IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THIS AFTERNOON EVEN AS
    THE AIRMASS SLOWLY COOLS. THERE REMAINS A HEIGHTENED POTENTIAL FOR
    FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS...BASEMENTS...SMALL CREEKS AND
    STREAMS. SIGNIFICANT RISES ALONG MAIN STEM RIVERS WILL LIKELY
    FOLLOW INTO THIS WEEKEND.
    MANY AREA STREAMS AND CREEKS ARE ALSO COVERED IN THICK ICE WHICH
    MAY BREAK UP AND INCREASE THE RISK FOR ICE JAMS AND RAPIDLY
    RISING WATER...ESPECIALLY WHERE THERE ARE CONSTRICTIONS IN THE
    CHANNEL... SHARP CURVES...OR OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS. THIS WOULD
    SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASE LOCAL FLOODING POTENTIAL NEAR THESE
    WATERWAYS.
    PEOPLE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING..ESPECIALLY IN AREAS
    PRONE TO ICE JAM FLOODING SHOULD TAKE TIME TO PREPARE NOW AND
    LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
    ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...
    THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
    * PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE
    FOLLOWING COUNTIES...IN CENTRAL NEW YORK...JEFFERSON...LEWIS...
    NORTHERN CAYUGA AND OSWEGO. IN WESTERN NEW YORK...ONTARIO AND
    WAYNE.
    * THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.
    * RAIN AND SNOW MELT WILL RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT RISK FOR ICE
    JAM FLOODING.
    * RUNOFF FROM RAIN AND MELTING SNOW ATOP THE FROZEN GROUND MAY
    LEAD TO A HEIGHTENED POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING OF STREETS...LOW
    LYING AREAS...AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE...BASEMENTS AND SMALL
    STREAMS AND CREEKS. SIGNIFICANT RISES ALONG MAJOR STEM RIVERS
    COULD FOLLOW.