Last updated: March 29. 2014 10:57PM - 2473 Views
By Joe Healey jhealey@civitasmedia.com

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WILKES-BARRE – A flood watch is in effect from 6 p.m. tonight until late Sunday night as rain is expected to fall for the rest of the weekend.

Rain will begin again this afternoon, with highs in the upper 40s, according to the National Weather Service in Binghamton, N.Y. It will continue raining tonight with lows in the upper 30s. There is a 100 percent chance of rain.

According to the NWS, a storm system will form over the Tennessee Valley today and move to the Mid Atlantic coast by Sunday morning. Rain will overspread the area today and continue off and on into Sunday.

The rain will be heavy at times, especially along and east of Interstate 81.

Storm total rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected. This rainfall may produce significant rises and possible flooding of small streams, creeks and even some of the larger rivers.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding on small streams, creeks and poor drainage, urban and low-lying areas based on current forecasts. Residents 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.

Sunday, expect rain all day with highs in the lower 40s. On Sunday night, there is a chance of freezing rain, snow and sleet with little to no snow accumulation. Lows are expected to be in the lower 30s with north winds from 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

The rain will stop on Monday morning and expect partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 50s.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny and could be the warmest day of the week, with highs in the lower 60s.

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