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Rain & flood watch

By Bert Gambini & Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the next couple of days across the Buffalo Niagara region.

The National Weather Service posted a flood watch for parts of the region through Tuesday morning.

Erin Reynolds at the Airport Weather Station says right now forecasters are monitoring the system to determine its strength.

"As far as the flood watch, it is just a watch right now. We are just keeping an eye on it," said Reynolds.

One to two inches of rain could fall over the next 24-hours.

"It will be pretty heavy at times underneath thunderstorm activity. It will be very brief, we'll get up to a quarter of an inch, maybe a little bit more. So we are just going to keep an eye on the thunderstorms and see what they produce," said Reynolds.

The following is the full Flood Watch statement issued by the National Weather Service.

FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES IN WESTERN NEW YORK...ALLEGANY... CATTARAUGUS...CHAUTAUQUA... SOUTHERN ERIE... AND WYOMING.

* RAINFALL TOTALS OF AROUND ONE INCH WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS.

* EXPECT RISES IN THE SMALLER CREEKS AND STREAMS WITH SOME MINOR FLOODING POSSIBLE.