Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Along with the milder temperatures most of Western New York is looking forward to, comes the threat of ice jam flooding. The National Weather Service has posted a FLOOD WATCH for area creeks in northern Erie County Friday into Saturday. Here is the complete statement from NWS:
.WARMING TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH A QUARTER TO HALF INCH OF RAIN
TONIGHT AND FRIDAY WILL BRING A HEIGHTENED RISK OF ICE JAM FLOODING
FRIDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHT.
...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO HAS ISSUED A
* FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE
FOLLOWING COUNTY...NORTHERN ERIE.
* FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.
* WARMING TEMPERATURES WILL CAUSE MELTING AND BREAK UP OF ICE ON
AREA CREEKS WITH THE ADDITION OF SOME RAINFALL AND RUNOFF
BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR RISES AND JAMS.
* ICE JAMMING MAY CAUSE A BACKUP OF WATER ON AREA CREEKS WHICH MAY
BRING SOME FLOODING ALONG THE CREEK BANKS. ICE JAMS HAVE BEEN
REPORTED ON BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO BUFFALO AND CAZENOVIA CREEKS
SOUTH OF BUFFALO.