Flood Watch in effect after heavy snowfall, upcoming rain storms

08 January 2024- After this past weekend’s storm, Mother Nature seems to be getting everything out now. While temps are going to warm up, this means a flood risk. This is especially important for those in low-lying areas or near creeks and streams.

The National Weather Service in State College has officially issued a FLOOD WATCH for most of Central Pennsylvania from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon. While this is off in the distance, it would be prudent to begin looking at water levels as soon as today because of the increased snow melt.

The NWS again cites excessive runoff causing the flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Farmer’s fields or roadway dips near railroad tracks may crucially be affected, as well.

Coupled with this high runoff, the NWS is advising of 1.5-3″ of rain in the coming days across the watch area. This, again, will increase melting of snow.

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.

Our sit down with Meteorologist Pat Pagano covers that and short term weather, as well.