Flood watch issued for St. Lawrence County
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:40 pm

With warm temperatures in the forecast, the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch to St. Lawrence County.

The watch is in effect from Friday morning through Saturday evening, the weather service says.

Temperatures rising well into the 50s today and again on Friday will lead to a rapid loss of snowpack, especially in valley locations.

The runoff will contribute to river ice breakup, likely beginning during the day Friday and extending through Saturday. With thick river ice in place, in excess of one foot in many areas, the potential exists for localized ice jams and associated flooding as river ice breakup occurs.

Those with interests along area rivers and streams should be alert to sudden changes in river levels and localized flooding.

Report any observed flooding to local law enforcement.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

People are encouraged to 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.