The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Southwestern Broome County in central New York, Southeastern Chemung County in central New York, Southern Tioga County in central New York, Northwestern Susquehanna County in northeastern Pennsylvania, and Northeastern Bradford County in northeastern Pennsylvania until 1230 AM EDT.
At 924 PM EDT, local law enforcement reported minor flooding continuing from the heavy rains of earlier today. The heavy rain has moved well to the east and weakened. Runoff from the heavy rains will continue to flood some roadways, underpasses, urban and low-lying areas. The waters will continue to recede through the evening hours but still will pose hazards. Motorists are urged to stay out of areas that were hard hit by floods today. Many roads could be damaged and lead to dangerous conditions.
Some locations that will see continued impacts from flooding include Vestal, Endicott, Barton, Sayre, Waverly, Owego, Windham, Little Meadows, and Choconut
The Flash Flood Watch is now in effect until 8:00PM for portions of central New York and northeast Pennsylvania, including the following areas, in central New York, Broome and Tioga. In northeast Pennsylvania, Bradford and Susquehanna.
Scattered thunderstorms will develop this afternoon. Some of these storms will produce locally heavy rain. Portions of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties in Pennsylvania as well as Broome and Tioga Counties in New York received 2 to 4 plus inches of rain last night. The potential for an additional inch of rain in a short period of time today may lead to more flash flooding, especially in these sensitive areas.
Most favorable areas for flash flooding are the poor drainage areas in and around urban locations, and the sensitive areas that have recently received heavy rain and experienced flooding.
Rain, moderate to heavy at times, will continue to affect the area into this morning. While the very heaviest of the rain has eased at this time, parts of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties in Pennsylvania as well as Broome and Tioga Counties in New York have already received 2 to 4 plus inches of rain resulting in Flash Flooding. Most of this area will see at least another half inch to inch of rain by mid morning which will bring a continuing potential for Flooding and even localized areas of continued Flash Flooding as any additional rain will be pure run off. There will likely be a lull in precipitation later Monday Morning but by afternoon additional showers and storms are likely which may exacerbate problems in places that have already seen flooding. * Most favorable areas for flash flooding are the poor drainage areas in and around urban locations, and the sensitive areas that have recently received heavy rain and experienced flooding.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Southern Tier for tonight and tomorrow. A mix of snow and freezing rain will move into our area this evening, making for a potentially slippery commute home. We could see a few inches of snow and some ice overnight. The mix is expected to change over to all rain tomorrow, with periods of heavy rain possible. The weather service says the rain and fresh snow could lead to some minor flooding. As always, keep listening to your emergency station News Radio WEBO for updates.
A wind chill warning has been issued for tomorrow night into Sunday morning by the National Weather Service in Binghamton. The warning has been issued for 4PM tomorrow through 1PM Sunday. Wind chill values are expected to be as low as 20 to 35 degrees below zero. This could lead to potential frostbite and hypothermia, as well as frozen pipes.
As a result of the low temperatures this weekend, the American Red Cross has released information on how to stay safe in cold weather. It’s best to wear multiple layers of lightweight clothing, including a hat and gloves to prevent losing body heat. Do not heat your home with an open oven or stove, and keep flammable materials away from space heaters. Be sure to bring your pets indoors as well.
A special ceremony at noon tomorrow at the Veterans Memorial at Court House Square in Owego will kick off a very special undertaking in our area. Wreaths Across America has a mission of placing a wreath on every veteran’s grave this holiday season. Locally, this effort is being taken on by several veteran’s organizations, including the Honor Guard of the Glenn A Warner VFW Post 1371, and the Gold Star Mothers and Families. There is said to be about 5,000 veterans in over 100 cemeteries in Tioga County alone. The local Wreaths Across America effort this year has also expanded to Northern Bradford and Northern Susquehanna Counties as well. Tomorrow’s ceremony will feature a special invocation and benediction by Reverend Terry Steenburg.
Pennsylvania State Police in Gibson confirmed that a person was hit by a train yesterday morning. Emergency reports from Susquehanna County indicated first responders were called to the vicinity of the overpass in Hallstead. The individual was walking on the tracks when hit. PSP troopers would not provide any further information on the incident.
Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Montrose Beer and Deli in Susquehanna County. It happened just before 10 pm Tuesday at the store, formerly known as Lockhart’s Deli, on State Route 29 in Bridgewater Township. According to troopers, an unidentified man entered the store and held the clerk at gunpoint. The suspect stole more than $1,000 from the register. He then got into a waiting vehicle, a small SUV, possibly a dark-colored Jeep Liberty, and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. While heading south on SR 29 toward Tunkhannock, the SUV hit another car traveling in the opposite direction. The SUV then fled the crash scene. Nobody was injured. In a press release, troopers described the suspect as a white male wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, a black bandana covering his face and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at (570) 465-3154.