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FLOOD WATCH...RESENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
1205 PM EDT MON MAR 16 2015

...ADDITIONAL ICE JAM FLOODING POSSIBLE TODAY AND TONIGHT...

WHILE LOWER TEMPERATURES THE PAST 24 HOURS HAVE RESULTED IN
LITTLE...IF ANY MELTING OF OUR SNOW-PACK...THE MERCURY WILL RISE
INTO THE UPPER 40S TO LOWER 50S LATER TODAY AND WILL REMAIN WELL
ABOVE FREEZING THROUGH MUCH OF THE UPCOMING NIGHT. THIS WILL
RESULT IN RENEWED SNOW-MELT WHICH WILL ENCOURAGE FEEDER STREAMS
TO ONCE AGAIN RISE LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO TUESDAY MORNING.
SINCE ICE HAS ALREADY STARTED TO BREAK UP ON MAY CREEKS...THE
ADDITIONAL OF HIGHER FLOWS COULD RESULT IN NEW ICE JAMS.

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.

NYZ010-012-019-020-085-170430-
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NORTHERN ERIE-WYOMING-CHAUTAUQUA-CATTARAUGUS-SOUTHERN ERIE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BUFFALO...WARSAW...JAMESTOWN...OLEAN...
ORCHARD PARK...SPRINGVILLE
1205 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...NORTHERN ERIE...SOUTHERN 
  ERIE AND WYOMING. 

* THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING.

* THERE CONTINUES TO BE A RISK FOR ICE JAM FLOODING IN THE WATCH
  AREA. THE GREATEST RISK WILL BE LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
  TONIGHT WHEN TRIBUTARIES WILL RESPOND TO RENEWED SNOW MELT FROM
  THE HIGHER TEMPERATURES. 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.
  A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE REGION LATE TONIGHT. NOTABLY COLDER
  AIR IN ITS WAKE WILL REDUCE SNOW-MELT AND RUN-OFF DURING THE DAY
  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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