Nearly 3.5 inches of rain could cause flooding for Ithaca area, says National Weather Service

September 29, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

The National Weather Service says as much as 3.46 inches of rain is likely for the Ithaca area through 8pm on Wednesday. A flood watch is in effect for most of the Finger Lakes region.

The Ithaca area could see 3.5 inches of rain. Map courtesy NWS Binghamton.The Ithaca area could see 3.5 inches of rain. Map courtesy NWS Binghamton.Forecasters say 2-4 inches of rain will fall across the region, as a front stalls over our area, but locally higher rainfall amounts are possible. "Where the heaviest rain occurs, urban flooding and even flash flooding will be possible," says meteorologist David Nicosia.

The flood watch is in effect from 4pm today to noon on Wednesday. The relatively dry period in recent weeks means the flood risk is slight for most of the area, but people in flood-prone areas should stay alert.

While the rain from this front will fade on Wednesday afternoon, another weather front could bring substantial rain to the area again on Friday and through the weekend, as tropical storm Joachin moves near the east coast. 

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