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FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
425 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

...ADDITIONAL ICE JAM FLOODING POSSIBLE THIS MORNING...

TEMPERATURES ROSE WELL INTO THE 40S IN FAR WESTERN NEW YORK
MONDAY...AND SOME CREEKS HAVE RESPONDED DUE TO TO RUNOFF FROM THE
ENSUING SNOWMELT. CREEKS AND RIVERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO RISE
MODESTLY THIS MORNING...WITH THIS RISE POTENTIALLY BREAKING UP
ICE OR CAUSE EXISTING ICE JAMS TO RE-POSITION. HIGHER FLOWS WILL
ALSO CAUSE PONDING BEHIND EXISTING ICE JAMS TO RISE. THESE FACTORS
COULD STILL RESULT IN ADDITIONAL ICE JAM FLOODING.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHEN AND WHERE AN ICE JAM
WILL FORM. ICE JAMS MOST COMMONLY FORM WHERE THERE ARE CONSTRICTIONS
IN THE RIVER OR CREEK CHANNEL...SUCH AS SHARP CURVES...BRIDGES...OR
OTHER OBSTRUCTIONS. ICE JAMS ALSO TEND TO OCCUR IN THE SAME LOCATIONS
YEAR AFTER YEAR. PEOPLE LIVING IN AREAS THAT ARE PRONE TO ICE JAM
FLOODING SHOULD REMAIN ALERT AND BE PREPARED IF FLOODING DOES
OCCUR.

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NORTHERN ERIE-WYOMING-CHAUTAUQUA-CATTARAUGUS-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...WARSAW...JAMESTOWN...OLEAN...
ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
425 AM EDT TUE MAR 17 2015

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EDT THIS MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* A PORTION OF WESTERN NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING 
  COUNTIES...CATTARAUGUS...CHAUTAUQUA...NORTHERN ERIE...SOUTHERN 
  ERIE AND WYOMING. 

* UNTIL 11 AM EDT THIS MORNING.

* THERE CONTINUES TO BE A RISK FOR ICE JAM FLOODING IN THE WATCH
  AREA. ICE JAMS HAVE LARGELY REMAINED IN PLACE OVER THE LAST 24
  HOURS. HOWEVER...RUNOFF FROM THE WARMER TEMPERATURES WILL CAUSE
  CREEKS AND RIVERS TO RISE MODESTLY THIS MORNING. INCREASED FLOWS
  CAN CAUSE ICE TO BREAK UP...WHICH MAY RESULT IN ADDITIONAL ICE
  JAMS AND ICE JAM FLOODING. THERE ARE ALREADY ICE JAMS IN PLACE
  ON SEVERAL CREEKS...AND A GREATER VOLUME OF WATER MAY CAUSE
  WATER TO RISE BEHIND EXISTING ICE JAMS. THOSE LOCATED IN AREAS
  TYPICALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO ICE JAMS SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE
  ACTION IF FLOODING DOES DEVELOP. FALLING TEMPERATURES WILL
  DIMINISH RUNOFF AND DIMINISH THE THREAT FOR ADDITIONAL FLOODING
  LATER THIS MORNING AND THIS AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON
CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE
ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO
FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING
DEVELOP. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER RADIO AND TV
STATIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES

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