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Rain brings potential for flooding Wed. night

Posted at 10:44 AM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-24 10:44:52-05

A winter storm cutting through the Great Lakes on Wednesday will bring a swath of snow and some heavy rain from Chicago to Albany.

Chicago, Detroit and Toronto will be cold enough for snow, but here in Buffalo heavy rain will cover most communities with up to an inch of water.

Expect soaking rain Wednesday morning with a bit of a gap in the showers during the middle of the afternoon. Daytime temperatures will stay near 40F near Lake Ontario with 50s finding their way up to the NY/PA line. Snowmelt will combine with the rainfall and bring fast rising creeks to near bank full as early as later Wednesday evening. 

Most creeks are now free flowing with ice stacked along the edges. Although the threat of ice jam flooding is low, as the water level rises these large chunks could begin to shift and potentially lead jamming.

The 7 First Alert Weather Team will be watching Cattaraugus, Cazenovia, Buffalo and Cayuga Creeks throughout the day as the water rises.