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Flood watch for all of WNY

By Bert Gambini & Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A flood watch is in effect for most of the Western New York region 5 p.m. Monday through Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service says rainfall totals of one to two inches of rain is expected from about 6 p.m. Monday to 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Forecasters say the rain will add to an already saturated ground.

"We will have some local flooding issues," said meteorologist Steve McGlaughlin from the Buffalo Airport Weather Station in Cheektowaga.

"We had a little bit of a respite this weekend, but it has been a very rainy spring as everyone knows the ground is very saturated and now we are going to have another bout of rain some heavy rain maybe tonight. We have a warm front moving north, and it looks like the rain will begin here in the mid to late afternoon and come down fairly heavy for much of the night then taper off by morning," said McGlaughlin.

Additionally, Steve said the major creeks and streams should be able to accommodate the rain fall. The threat from this storm system is more nuisance flooding -- basements and backyards.