Flood warning in effect for Orleans, WNY
The National Weather Service in Buffalo has issued a flood watch from 10 a.m. Thursday through 4 a.m. Saturday due to snow melt and about a half inch of rain.
The watch includes Orleans, Niagara, Erie, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties.
People living in areas that are prone to ice jam flooding should take the time in advance to prepare for the potential for flooding this Thursday and Friday, the Weather Service said.
“Area creeks and rivers have thick ice in place,” the Weather Service said. “Rapid rises in water level can break up this ice, which can then become jammed where there are constrictions in the river or creek channel, such as curves or other restrictions.”
Temperatures are on the rise with a high forecast today at 43 with a low of 41, followed by a high of 57 and low of 50 on Thursday. Friday is forecast for a high of 52 and a low of 16.
The weekend will be cold with a high of 17 on Saturday and a high of 15 on Sunday, according to the Weather Service.