LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Livingston County will enter a flood watch on Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service, a moisture-rich area of low pressure will move across the region late Wednesday and into Thursday bringing a period of widespread rain and ice melting.
“The rain could be heavy at times on Thursday,” said the National Weather Service. “Rainfall amounts in excess of an inch are possible, bringing an increased flooding risk to the upper Genesee River Basin.”
The flood watch will be in effect from Thursday morning through Saturday morning.
“Abnormally high temperatures and a prolonged period of rain will melt much of the existing snowpack in the upper Genesee River Basin, resulting in a substantial rise in area rivers, creeks and streams,” said the National Weather Service. “Additionally, ice cover on the waterways will lift and flow with the rising waters and will exhibit a risk of ice-jamming at any point along the creeks and streams. The ice jams will present a significant risk of flooding danger during this period.”
The 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,” said the National Weather Service. “Those living in areas prone to
Flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.”