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FLOOD WATCH
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
959 PM EDT MON MAR 16 2015

...ADDITIONAL ICE JAM FLOODING POSSIBLE TONIGHT...

TEMPERATURES ROSE WELL INTO THE 40S IN FAR WESTERN NEW YORK TODAY AND
SOME CREEKS HAVE STARTED TO RESPOND TO RUN-OFF FROM THE SNOW MELT THIS
EVENING. CREEKS AND RIVERS SHOULD CONTINUE TO RISE MODESTLY
OVERNIGHT. THIS RISE MAY BREAK UP ICE OR CAUSE EXISTING ICE JAMS
TO RE-POSITION. HIGHER FLOWS WILL ALSO CAUSE PONDING BEHIND
EXISTING ICE JAMS TO RISE. THESE FACTORS MAY RESULT IN ADDITIONAL ICE
JAM FLOODING TONIGHT.

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.

NYZ010-012-019-020-085-171000-
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NORTHERN ERIE-WYOMING-CHAUTAUQUA-CATTARAUGUS-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...WARSAW...JAMESTOWN...OLEAN...
ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
959 PM EDT MON MAR 16 2015

...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

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

* THROUGH TUESDAY 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...RUN OFF FROM THE WARMER TEMPERATURES WILL CAUSE
  CREEKS AND RIVERS TO RISE MODESTLY TONIGHT. 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. DROPPING TEMPERATURES WILL
  DIMINISH RUN OFF AND DIMINISH THE THREAT FOR ADDITIONAL FLOODING
  ON TUESDAY.

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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