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Flooding potential; snow to return

By Bert Gambini

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Buffalo, NY – The forecast calls for rain or mixed precipitation for the next 5 days, with roughly an inch of rain expected Thursday.

A flood watch for all of Western New York will be in place through Saturday afternoon.

Kirk Apssel at the Airport Weather Station tells WBFO News it isn't expected to break anytime soon.

And the snow that Kirk mentioned is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday. Most of the area creeks and streams are openly flowing with a great deal of the previously accumulated ice having melted.

This watch is more for ponding on area roads and flooding potential in low-lying areas.

A flood warning is also for the Allegheny River at Olean through late Sunday night. As of late Thursday afternoon, the River stage was more than 7-feet and rising. Flood stage is ten feet.

The river is expected to rise above flood stage Friday morning and the crest over 12-feet tomorrow night. Minor flooding could occur with water overflows onto East Riverside Drive upstream from the Union Street Bridge in Olean.