Weather: Minor to moderate flooding likely (4/18/2019)

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Flood watch as of April 18 2019

Rounds of off & on showers will return Thursday night & Friday morning, overnight temps will be in the 40s & 50s. Widespread rain, some heavy, takes over by Friday evening and lasts through at least Saturday morning. Highs Friday and Saturday will be in the 60s & 70s behind strong southwest winds gusting 20-40mph. Rain will become more showery during the second half of Saturday and Sunday. I don’t see Easter being a washout but we will have to dodge showers; Sunday’s highs will be in the low 60s.

In response to snowmelt and 1-2″ of rain, rivers will rise quickly Friday night and Saturday. The heaviest axis of rain, where 2″ will be possible, will likely be over New York & northwest Vermont. We’re getting more confident that minor to moderate flooding will happen. There’s even a chance that a river or two gets to major flood stage. This type of flooding puts water in low lying areas like fields and it can even washout & close roads. Be prepared for detours, lane closures and delays. At the same time, Lake Champlain is very close to flood stage.  Wind and wave action will create minor flooding around the lake through the weekend. Rivers are expected to crest Saturday and fall Saturday night & Sunday.

Stay safe and never drive through water!

-Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker

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